Congress Must Act on Clean Energy Incentives Before Time EXPIREs

Congress failed to act last year and let a set of critical clean energy tax credits expire—putting clean air and clean energy jobs at risk. The good news is that earlier this month, the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Wyden (D-OR) took the first step in putting these critical tax credits back in place by reporting a bipartisan bill out of his committee: the EXPIRE Act.

The bad news is that the clock is still ticking and the rest of Congress must act — or the public will never see the jobs, economic growth, and health benefits these policies deliver.

The EXPIRE Act passed just before Congress left for a two week break. Now that they’re back, it’s time for the full Senate and House to finish the job. Every day that Congress fails to act is another day that clean energy businesses don’t get to realize their full potential for continued economic growth, job creation, and clean air benefits. So NRDC is making sure that Congress doesn’t forget what’s at stake.

We took over Politico’s homepage with a set of ads highlighting the clean air and economic benefits that Congress is about to throw away if it doesn’t finish the job and pass the clean energy tax extenders.

We’re also launching a social media campaign informing constituents about what’s at risk if Congress doesn’t act.

The Senate could and should bring the Finance-Committee-passed legislation up for a vote without delay. And the House should stop stalling.  Most importantly, Congress must reject the mounting pressure from the fossil fuel lobby and their Congressional allies who have vowed to strip out the clean energy incentives despite their environmental and economic advantages, even as they continue to support billions in subsidies for dirty energy.

According to AWEA, the full Senate is expected to vote on this act as early as next week.

Congress must act, and you can too. 

This article was originally published on NRDC and was republished with permission.

 

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Franz A. Matzner is associate director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council. His policy background includes energy, climate, and forestry. He previously held the position of senior policy analyst for agriculture and the environment at Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS). Matzner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of the NRDC report “Safe At Home: Making the Federal Fire Safety Budget Work for Communities.”

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