HELENA  – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer are urging Congress to extend a production tax credit for the wind power industry.

Salazar and Schweitzer said in a call with reporters Friday that energy producers aren’t able to plan for next year and beyond without knowing they can rely on the credits.

Salazar says as many as 37,000 U.S. jobs are at stake. Schweitzer says the extension could affect 50 planned wind projects in Montana.

Their comments come a day after President Barack Obama made a similar request to Congress from Newton, Iowa.

Republicans say the credits haven’t created the jobs that Democrats promised and other measures would have a greater economic impact.

The credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour expires at the end of the year.

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Roger
Roger

Because wind power isn't viable without a government subsidy.

walter12
walter12

If wind power is so clever and so successful, why do they need federal government credits?

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