Obama returns to Iowa to seek wind tax credits

Published On: May 24 2012 11:06:51 AM CDT   Updated On: May 24 2012 11:04:10 AM CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- President Barack Obama will revisit a central Iowa wind turbine blade manufacturer to speak about why he believes Congress should extend wind energy tax credits that are set to expire at the end of the year.

Obama's visit to Newton on Thursday will be his second since he became president. He delivered an Earth Day 2009 speech at wind industry manufacturer Trinity Towers and plans to visit a TPI Composites wind turbine blades factory during this year's visit.

Obama will likely find a sympathetic audience in the 15,000-person community of Newton. The community is home to about 1,000 jobs centered on wind energy generation.

The president is slated to attend a Des Moines campaign rally after the Newton event.