Physicist and environmental activist John Droz Jr. is probably the leading advocate of ending the PTC because of his thorough analysis of the science of wind power. Droz points out: "There is no real environmental benefit as: a) wind is an unpredictable commodity. b) Output from any group of wind projects can and will go to zero on many occasions. c) Energy generated from industrial wind power cannot be economically stored."
Unfortunately, Chairman Max Baucus of Montana moved a so-called tax extenders bill through the Senate Finance Committee last week that actually makes the PTC even more expensive. And two Republicans, Charles Grassley of Iowa and Pat Roberts of Kansas, opposed even a modest cut in the size of the PTC.
As this fight moves forward to the Senate floor and to the House, Republicans should follow Mitt Romney's principled leadership and oppose any additional wind subsidies. It's time to cut our losses, not to double down.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.