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Wind to get its subsidy, again

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They followed the script. The Senate Finance Committee Thursday approved a package of tax breaks that, among other subsidies, extends the wind energy production tax credit for another two years.

This was done just as it has been done many times before, dating back to 1992. The arguments change little. Wind is a clean energy source that needs priming to build a vibrant, efficient and productive industry, the tax credit receivers say. Ah, yes, but unless the tax credit ends, wind will be dependent on subsidies and never will be vibrant or efficient, say critics. Yes, but dirty fossil fuels get subsidies, too, say proponents. Never mind that — cutting the wind subsidies will cost our states 80,000 jobs, say the senators of windy states. And the tax credit is passed, sometimes for a year, sometimes two.

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