Congress urged to extend vital clean energy tax credit slated to end on December 31 for “our children and grandchildren.”
Attacks from dirty energy interests on a tax credit program for wind energy have inspired a strong reaction from parents and grandparents across the country. More than 47,000 people have signed online petitions with Climate Parents, a national organization of families advocating for climate change solutions, asking Congress to save the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC).
The petition, started by Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, a member of Climate Parents, urges Congress to renew the renewable energy tax credit before it expires on December 31. So far, more than 47,000 people have signed.
“We must support wind power and renewable energy,” said Rob Hogg, who started the petition with Climate Parents. “Our children and our grandchildren are counting on Congress to act.”
Supporters of the wind tax credit point to the lobbying effort from industry and public figures like the Koch brothers. According to a December 9 article in the Huffington Post, the Koch brothers have "enlisted their extensive network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and friends on Capitol Hill to spearhead a campaign to pull the plug on the PTC."
“Congress has already heard from industry insiders and corporate lobbyists,” said Hogg. “Now, they have to hear from parents and families across the country who want clean energy solutions now.”
The wind Production Tax Credit helps wind energy compete with highly subsidized fossil fuel industries, attracts investors for new wind projects, fosters innovation and employs tens of thousands of Americans in the clean energy economy.
Senator Hogg says he started the petition because he knows the importance and opportunity the tax credit brings renewable energy.
“Wind power currently provides 25% of Iowa’s electricity generation and has increased nationally by 30% per year over the past five years. The wind power tax credit made this possible,” said Hogg.
Climate Parents Director and Co-Founder Lisa Hoyos said that the decision on whether to extend the wind PTC is a crucial test for Congress that will impact the type of world our children inherit. “We have the technology to shift to 100% clean energy. What we’re lacking is the political commitment from Congress to support the investments in renewable energy that will protect our kids’ from the climate impacts already harming communities.”
“When it comes down to it, Congress has a choice. Are they with the Koch brothers, or with our kids?” said Hoyos. “People across the country have joined this call to action because we know our kids and grandkids need us to rapidly deploy kid-safe, climate-safe energy, and stop investing in the dirty energy fueling climate change.”