AFP activists also signing petitions asking Rep. Lamar Smith not to support any extension of the tax credit.
SAN ANTONIO – Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest free-market, grassroots organization, is urging Texas Congressman Lamar Smith 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 Smith 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.
“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 the 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 letter to Congress, click here.