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AFP Launches Ads Urging Rep. Crawford to End Wind Energy Subsidy

December 03, 2013

Wind energy industry should compete in marketplace, says state director Cline.

LITTLE ROCK– Americans for Prosperity – Arkansas, the state’s largest free-market, grassroots organization in support of a consumer-driven energy market, is urging Congressman Rick Crawford join a group of lawmakers committed to allowing the wind production tax credit (PTC) to expire at the end of the year.

AFP is running online ads urging Crawford not to support any further extension of the credit, which has been handed to the wind energy industry for more than twenty years. Materials related to the effort can be found at GoneWithTheWindPTC.com.

“Congress should simply take no action to let this industry crutch disappear automatically,” said AFP-Arkansas State Director Jason Cline.  “This subsidy has allowed the wind energy industry to rest on its laurels for decades without providing a competitive product. Green energy mandates mean these alternative energy sources don’t have to innovate to become real energy solutions for Arkansas.”

“Two decades is long enough to remain reliant on the federal government with no reason to innovate,” said Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips. “Congress should 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.

For more information on the wind PTC, please click here.

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