AFP Launches Ads Urging Rep. Shuster to Let Wind Subsidy Expire

November 12, 2013

Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest free-market, grassroots organization, is urging Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster to 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 Shuster not to support any further extension of the credit, which has been handed to the wind energy industry for more than twenty years. These online ads will help spread the message that the taxpayer should no longer foot the bill for an industry that has never had to compete. Materials related to the effort can be found at GoneWithTheWindPTC.com.

“All we need Rep. Shuster to do is simply allow this industry crutch to disappear automatically,” said AFP-Pennsylvania State Director Jennifer Stefano.  “This subsidy props up a favored industry that hasn’t needed to provide a competitive product in decades. The environmentally conscious should be on the same page: if wind is to be a viable alternative energy source for Pennsylvanians, the industry needs to find its place in the market without government dependence.”

“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.

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