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AFP Key Vote: Keep Green Energy Subsidies Out of FAA Package

Apr 11, 2016 by AFP

Dear Senators,

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write to urge you to vote NO on the FAA re-authorization (H.R. 636) if it includes special tax provisions for renewable energies.

We urge you to vote NO on FAA re-authorization (H.R. 636) if subsidies for renewable energies are included. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard. 

This legislation contains green energy tax credits that are completely unrelated to FAA re-authorization. The $1.4 billion in expiring tax provisions for renewable energies – pertaining to wind power, geothermal heat pumps, fuel cell facilities and combined heat and power (CHP) properties – are a distortion of the tax laws for special interests in the renewable energy industry. These types of handouts have consistently failed to deliver on their promises of long term job creation and economic viability, and they follow the $24 billion in tax credits to wind and solar energy industries that Congress extended just four months ago.

More than an issue about subsidies for green energy, this is an issue about blatant cronyism. Senators are using must-pass legislation to pass corporate welfare for special interests in industries unrelated to aviation security. This practice keeps the deals from public scrutiny, benefits the well-connected, and remains a burden on American taxpayers and energy consumers.

We urge you to vote NO on FAA re-authorization (H.R. 636) if subsidies for renewable energies are included. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: http://afpscorecard.org/

Sincerely,

Brent Wm. Gardner

Vice President of Government Affairs

Americans for Prosperity