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Sen. Chuck Grassley: GOP Cannot Do Away With Alternate Energy

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Wind turbines stand in a field in Adair, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall,File)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 01:55 PM

Donald Trump has been a harsh critic of wind energy, but Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley warns it'll be "over my dead body" if the GOP nominee wins the White House and tries to do away with the alternate energy source.

In an interview with Yahoo News, Grassley lauded wind energy for both its environmental and economic benefits.

"If he wants to do away with it, he'll have to get a bill through Congress, and he'll do it over my dead body," Grassley tells the outlet.

"We knew it had environmental benefits that were very important, but I would say making sure we were more energy independent was the most important reason for supporting all forms of alternative energy."

"When I got it passed, I didn't know it would be the big thing it is today, where 31 percent of the electricity in Iowa comes from wind," he added.

Grassley praises alternative energy for bolstering national security as well, because it makes the United States less dependent on the Middle East.

"Everything about alternative energy is good, good, good, good," he said. "You've got a whole batch of new Republicans in town, and they take the position that government shouldn't pick winners and losers, but they weren't around back in the '80s and early '90s when we thought we were going to run out of it."

Yahoo News reports that electricity production from wind power has tripled in the United States under President Barack Obama's stint in office.

But Trump has blasted wind energy as recently as earlier this month.

"The wind kills all your birds. All your birds, killed," Trump said in Pennsylvania, The Hill reported. "You know, the environmentalists never talk about that."

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Donald Trump has been a harsh critic of wind energy, but Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley warns it'll be "over my dead body" if the GOP nominee wins the White House and tries to do away with the alternate energy source.
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