IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AFP Launches Ads Urging Rep. Barrow to End Wind Energy Subsidy

November 12, 2013

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

ATLANTA – Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest free-market, grassroots organization, is urging Georgia Congressman John Barrow join a group of lawmakers committed to allowing the wind production tax credit (PTC) to expire at the end of the year.

AFP is set to begin running online ads urging Barrow 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-Georgia State Director Virginia Galloway. “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 Georgia.”

“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. 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 letter to Congress, click here.

For further information or an interview, please contact Christine Harbin Hanson at CHanson@afphq.org or (703) 224-3200.

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