“Gone with the Wind PTC” effort will urge lawmakers to let subsidy expire this year.
Earlier this month- Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest free-market, grassroots organization, announced a new effort to urge lawmakers to let the wind production tax credit expire at the end of 2013.
AFP is set to begin running online ads regarding the subsidy in ten districts over five weeks, lasting through mid-December, with the first week’s ads focused on Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.). Activists across the country are also signing petitions with the message that taxpayers should no longer foot the bill for an industry that has never had to compete. Related materials can be found at GoneWithTheWindPTC.com.
“We need to make this the year that Congress stops rubber stamping more money to prop up a favored industry,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “Even the most environmentally conscious among us should support allowing the wind energy industry to compete and find its own place in the market. Two decades is long enough to remain dependent on federal government with no reason to innovate. Congress should simply do nothing and allow this subsidy to expire on schedule.”
AFP is leading a diverse group of more than 100 stakeholder organizations with one thing in common: they agree this tax break does nothing to make wind a viable alternative energy source in the marketplace. The group is also urging those lawmakers who agree to sign the letter being circulated by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Ks.).
For more information on the wind PTC and the coalition’s appeal to Congress, click here.