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AFP to Ohio Congressional Delegation: End Wind Welfare

October 22, 2012

-Let the wasteful wind production incentives expire-

DAYTON,OH—The Ohio chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-OH), the nation’s premier free market grassroots organization, sent a letter to the Ohio delegation of the U.S. Congress opposing extending tax breaks for wind energy. AFP-OH urges federal lawmakers from Ohio to oppose extending the wind production tax credit.

The letter to Congress is available here.

“Washington has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on wind power for the last 20 years, yet it can’t make it on its own in the marketplace,” said AFP-Ohio Director of Policy Seth Morgan. “Ohioans deserve energies that are affordable and reliable – not ones that rely indefinitely on government subsidy.”

The principal federal support for wind energy, the production tax credit, was enacted in 1992 and is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.  In early August, the Senate Finance Committee passed a measure that would renew and dramatically expand several targeted tax credits for renewable energy, including wind power.According to the Committee, this provision is projected to cost $12.1 billion over ten years.

“More than 112,000 Americans for Prosperity activists live in the Buckeye State, and they will be watching to see how their representatives in Washington vote on this issue,” continued Morgan.“It’s time for Washington to stop giving handouts to its favorite industries. It’s time to put the interests of hardworking Ohio households before the Big Wind lobby.”

The letter to Congress is available here.

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