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There's some potential political logic to that.  The wind industry, at least as far as I understand it (not a whole helluva lot, admittedly), impacts a lot of states that we don't have Dems in.  Texas and Oklahoma, to take two obvious examples.  So I think the wind power can be used to gain broader support for the bill.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 08:42:43 PM EST
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... and even NW Iowa, which is part of the Dakotas wind resource, is a generally Republican part of the state.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 10:18:37 PM EST
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For transmission projects through Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas as well as for wind farm projects in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles as well as in western Kansas this is a perfect opportunity to build a coalition by providing Republicans representing those areas with a way to bring home the bacon by supporting wind projects.  The money to build the farms and the transportation infrastructure would have to be spent in their states and districts.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 11:32:40 PM EST
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Obama and Coburn have had a good working relationship on various transparency issues in the past as well, if I'm not mistaken.  Getting Coburn to the table on it would likely be fairly easy.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 08:48:02 AM EST
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