Meanwhile US wind manufacturers have announced layoffs of more than 1,130 workers around the country. Every company shedding employees has blamed the looming expiration of the production tax credit for wind, which is set to expire at the end of this year.
Earlier this month, 47 House Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (who's home state supports more than 5,000 wind jobs) asking him to kill the production tax credit for wind. Out of the 47 Republicans calling for an end to the wind investments, 46 voted against closing tax loopholes that let oil companies collect $4 billion in annual government support. [ThinkProgress]