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Editorial Endorsements

  • New York Times: “The idea is not to prop up clean tech industries forever.  It is to get them to a point where they can stand on their own — an old-fashioned notion that, one would hope, might appeal even to House Republicans.” 
  • Des Moines Register: “The federal tax code is riddled with breaks for all types of businesses, and Congress should eliminate some of them to bring in more revenue. But it makes sense to continue giving financial incentives to industries that develop clean energy and lessen our reliance on finite natural resources. That includes wind.”
  • Denver Post: “Federal support of an industry through tax credits is not necessarily wasteful spending, in our view. We see it as an investment.  We prefer to see the investment pay off in full, rather than wade through the carnage of a collapse should the extension fail. Given the state of the economy, we hope to see the Senate and the House rally around this bipartisan issue in short order.”
  • Houston Chronicle: “An incubation period that requires a relatively small subsidy, with a clear time limit and periodic review, seems a worthwhile investment in the energy future.” 
  • The Hill: “One of the best ways of unlocking private capital, creating manufacturing jobs and putting Americans back to work is an extension to the federal PTC for wind.” 
  • Wichita Eagle: “…the end of the credit could hurt Kansas’ ability to be a wind-power leader and to build on its rank as No. 1 among states in wind turbines under construction.” 
  • Kansas City Star : “… the credit would help build confidence in more construction of this alternative form of clean energy.” 
  • West Branch [Iowa] Times: “The House Ways and Means Committee needs to move on HR 3307, get it to the House floor and onward to the Senate and White House, giving alternative energy companies the stability and certainty investors greatly desire.” 
  • Pueblo Chieftain: “We urge the bipartisan congressional backers of this measure to get support around the nation to keep the wind power credit for the foreseeable future.” 
  • Greeley [Colorado] Tribune: “Generating energy through the wind is pretty big business in Weld County.  Companies collectively employ thousands of our residents and pump millions into our county’s economy. That’s why we support the extension of the wind energy production tax credit.” 
  • Daily Oklahoman: “As an emerging and vital industry…wind power needs the investment boost that would result from extending the tax credit.” 
  • Topeka Capital-Journal: “Giving the industry time to mature sounds like a logical thing to do.” 
  • Lake County [Illinois] News-Sun: ” Considering the stake Illinois has in this fledgling industry, the state’s congressional delegation should get behind the extension and let it breeze through Congress.”
  • Garden City [Kansas] Telegram: “The tax credit is set to expire at the end of 2012, and Congress shouldn’t let the gridlock of partisan politics stand in the way of its renewal.”
  • Latino Times Magazine: “A vote for a PTC extension is a vote for continuing wind power’s American manufacturing success story and for clean, homegrown, affordable energy resources.”
  • The Daily Review [Pennsylvania]: “And federal lawmakers should renew the production tax credit for wind power, which otherwise would expire at the end of this year. It has helped to drive down the cost of wind power and to preserve and expand jobs in the industry.”
  • Kansas City Star: “Extension of the federal tax credit would help the industry expand in Kansas while keeping electricity rates more reasonable for customers.” 
  • Aberdeen [South Dakota] News: “With the production credit in an election-year limbo, Molded Fiber Glass – an Aberdeen factory that produces blades used on wind turbines – is left in a holding pattern… a diversified strategy on energy production needs to include wind.  Let’s see some leadership on this issue.”
  • Pacific Coast Business Times: ”Having a predictable policy that moves wind power into the competitive mainstream seems like a sensible way to go.”
  • The Gazette [Iowa]: “The tax credit has helped our state become the nation’s No. 2 producer of wind energy — providing 20 percent of our electric power. The industry includes several plants that produce wind turbines or components. Nearly 3,000 turbines spin statewide. And the industry provides more than 6,000 good jobs for Iowans… It’s just too soon to pull the tax credit for wind power. Give the industry more time to prove itself.”
  • Red Wing Republican Eagle [Minnesota]: “Business and industry cannot plan in a climate of uncertainty. In a new and evolving clean-energy business like wind power, uncertainty is a killer. The least Congress can do in today’s challenging energy market is provide a measure of certainty by extending the credit at least five years.”
  • Bloomberg: “Clean wind energy should receive continued federal support… especially at a time when the industry’s tens of thousands of jobs are helping the U.S. economy.”
  • The Press-Citizen [Iowa]: “We think the success of the wind industry shows that the tax credit has been a good investment for the nation. And that incentive still is needed as the industry works on ways to store the electricity generated by wind and the power industry works on updating the nation’s aging grid.”
  • Arkansas Business Journal:  “The production tax credit should be extended.”

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Op-ed Endorsements

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Congressional Leaders’ Endorsements

Bill cosponsorship:

Statements:

  • Representatives Noem (R-SD-AL), Berg (R-ND-AL), Griffin (R-AR-02), Rivera (R-FL-25), Crawford (R-AR-01), Womack (R-AR-03), Gibson (R-NY-20), Dold (R-IL-10), Renacci (R-OH-16), Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08), Gardner (R-CO-04), Bass (R-NH-02), Tipton (R-CO-03), Runyan (R-NJ-03), Carney (D-DE-AL), Buerkle (R-NY-25), Cicilline (D-RI-01), Amodei (R-NV-02), letter to House Republican Leadership: “As Members of the Freshman class, we write to you today to ask that you take up an extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy as soon as possible.”
  • Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), quoted in the Pueblo Chieftain: “This ought to be a no-brainer.  Without this tax credit, we’ll be out-sourcing these jobs to China or somewhere else.”
  • Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), quoted in the Wall Street Journal: “Grassley said extending the Production Tax Credit is a “no-brainer for many of us,” and noted he has introduced legislation that would do that.  “The stakes for the wind industry and the country in general will only get worse with delay. It’s time to act, not politick,” he said.”
  • Senators Moran (R-KS), Udall (D-CO), John Boozman (R-AR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Scott Brown (R-MA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Kerry (D-MA), John Thune (R-SD), and Jon Tester (D-MT), letter to Congressional Leadership: “If we are to expect wind energy to contribute to our country’s future energy needs, Congress must quickly work to reauthorize the wind production tax credit before our wind production capabilities are damaged.”
  • Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), press release: “Tax relief has proven successful in developing wind energy, and it ought to be continued with the degree of certainty needed for continued investment.”
  • Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA-08), press release: “The certainty an extension of the PTC will provide can further spur growth in this vital sector, increase economic development, and create jobs.”
  • Senator John Thune (R-SD), statement at Finance Committee hearing: “The wind production tax credit comes to mind.  Many of these provisions have a long lag time.  I would say that this should put even more urgency behind the efforts for fundamental reform. If we can’t do that soon, we need to figure out how to give economic certainty to Americans.”
  • Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), quoted in Aberdeen News:  “I am a strong supporter of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit and have fought for its extension this year… We need to get this done to put the people of Aberdeen back to work building America’s renewable energy infrastructure.”
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), press release:  “I support extending the Production Tax Credit for wind energy.”
  • Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), statement at Finance Committee hearing: “We should pursue all options for energy development, and failure to act on these expiring energy credits would have a major negative impact.  The wind industry needs the credits … or it faces a catastrophic contraction.”
  • Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), statement at Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing: “The PTC, along with several other key renewable energy tax credits, is essential to provide certainty to these still-growing renewable energy businesses.  We can’t afford to let it expire.  I’m urging all of my colleagues to join me in fighting to get this done.”
  • Senator Michael Bennett (D-CO), statement in a press release: “We are seeing firsthand how Congress’ failure to act on an extension of the wind PTC is killing jobs right here in Colorado.  An extension will support this vital industry at a crucial point in its development and save thousands of jobs in Colorado and tens of thousands across the rest of the country. Congress must get its act together and extend the PTC immediately when it resumes session.”
  • Senator Al Franken (D-MN) statement on the Senate floor: “Because it takes a lot of time to order and manufacture new wind turbines, investors need to know now that the credit will exist in 2013 or else they won’t invest.  That’s why the credit must be extended now…”
  • Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD-AL) statement in press release: “…wind energy is opening new doors for South Dakota’s economy, and I want to see the growth continue.  That’s why I’m continuing to push for an extension of the PTC.”
  • Representative Rick Berg (R-ND-AL) statement in press release: “These renewable energy credits are needed now, but I will continue fighting to provide much-needed larger goal of comprehensive tax reform to create long term stability and certainty for businesses across the country.”
  • Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA-01) statement at press conference: “Extending these tax incentives will give businesses certainty, help create and save more than 50,000 American jobs in the next four years, and allow us to strengthen our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Congress should act now.”
  • Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) statement at press conference: “It is vital that the U.S. continue its support for wind energy, which supports manufacturing jobs, drives innovation, protects our environment, and improves our energy security.  Extending the production tax credit is an important step that Congress can take now to preserve these benefits for the future.”
  • Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) statement in press release, “I want to stress the importance of tax credits in green energy’s future in America and the world. Companies like Danotek can be suppliers in this global effort, and if we don’t support them, we are going to lose an awful lot of great jobs in Michigan.”
  • Representative Tim Walz (D-MN-01), quoted in Post-Bulletin: “Let’s do it (renew the credit) as quickly as possible.”
  • Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), quoted in The Des Moines Register, “Congress must extend the wind production tax credit as the president proposed so towns like Newton will be able to expand production even further.”
  • Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO-03), quoted in ThinkProgress: “Do you want to cut [the renewable energy production tax credit] off when [the wind industry is] on the cusp of being where we want them to be and to be able to create jobs and to be able to part of the energy solution? No, I don’t think we do.”
  • Colorado delegation letter to Congressional leaders: “Companies with a footprint in Colorado have already started layoffs and several thousand Colorado jobs could be lost if the PTC isn’t extended in the near future.”
  • Iowa delegation letter to Congressional leaders: “If the PTC is not extended immediately, our communities back home stand to lose thousands of jobs, manufacturing, infrastructure and private investment.”

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Third Party Endorsements

  • 370 companies and organizations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Edison Electric Institute, letter to Congressional Leadership: “It is urgent that we avoid the looming tax increase on wind energy, as investments are stalling now and will continue to stall, with corresponding job losses, until a bill to extend the PTC is passed.”
  • 15 major consumer brands that purchase renewable energy credits, letter to Congressional Leadership: “Failure to extend the PTC for wind would tax our companies and thousands of others like us that purchase significant amounts of renewable energy and hurt our bottom lines at a time when the economy is struggling to recover.  Extending the PTC lowers prices for all consumers, keeps America competitive in a global marketplace, and creates home grown American jobs.”
  • 19 major consumer brands that purchase renewable energy credits, letter to Congressional Leadership: “As Congress investigates ways to spur business growth, we urge you to ensure an extension of the PTC.”
  • US Chamber of Commerce Chief Tax Counsel and Director of Tax Policy, Caroline L. Harris, testimony before the Senate Finance Committee: “When Congress fails to act, provisions such as the wind Production Tax Credit… do not operate efficiently. Industries that are in their infancy are damaged because the code provisions they need to rely on to build up are not there. The damage is real as products are not developed and projects are not undertaken…Congress must act now to extend these vital provisions.”
  • National Governors’ Association, letter to Congressional Leadership: “Renewable energy provides Americans with high-tech manufacturing jobs, secure sources of energy, and our states with crucial economic development opportunities.  To supplement state efforts, governors support the continuation of the PTC for wind and renewable energy…”
  • Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, letter to Congressional Leadership: “Wind-related manufacturing is beginning to slow in our states because the credit has not yet been extended.  If Congress pursues a last minute approach to the extension, the anticipated interruption of the credit’s benefits will result in a significant loss of high-paying jobs in a growing sector of the economy.”
  • Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, quoted at WINDPOWER 2012 conference: “My hope is that after the election people say, look, let’s start making some priorities and find some things that we can agree on, and maybe one of them is the production tax credit.  It is a market mechanism, you don’t get paid unless you produce the power, and we’re not picking winners and losers, we’re simply saying for some period of time we will provide this incentive as we scale up and get improvements in technology.” 
  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton: “I think it is important to continue the [wind production tax credit].”
  • Federico Pena, Former US Secretary of Energy and Former US Secretary of Transportation: “The difference is that the oil and gas industries haven’t been getting their tax deferrals in two-year increments like wind power.  We need to give the industry a long-term, consistent tax credit for it to compete.”
  • Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) letter to Congressional leaders: “I urge you to act expeditiously to extend the wind energy PTC this year.”
  • Governors Terry Branstad (R-IA) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) letter to Congressional leaders: “… we cannot overstate the importance of extending this tax provision early in the year so the wind industry has the certainty it needs to grow.”
  • Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR), letter to Oregon Delegation: “The Production Tax Credit is a smart investment that rewards performance and has become a multiplier for private sector growth… I urge you to extend the Production Tax Credit now…”
  • Former Governor Bill Ritter (D-CO):  “Colorado is a leader in the renewable energy world and the decisions made in Washington about the Production Tax Credit will have huge implications for our communities. We cannot allow Washington, D.C., politics to get in the way of progress and job growth in our country, in our state, and in communities like Pueblo, Windsor and Brighton.” 
  • Pennsylvania State Representative Greg Vitali (D-166):  “That’s why Congress should act now to extend the PTC for four years.”
  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu: “The uncertainty that is now hitting this industry is causing some companies to start doing layoffs, and that’s rough.  You don’t want to break this momentum.  What we need more than anything else is not even a long-term commitment – it’s a midterm commitment.”
  • United Steelworkers‘ International Vice President, Tom Conway: “Long-term extension of the PTC is absolutely necessary to allow the U.S. wind sector the time it needs to grow, so it can compete with other clean energy sectors and other nations.”
  • BlueGreen Alliance Foundation President, David Foster: “To sustain job growth in the industry, we need to keep smart policies such as the production tax credit.”
  • Pew Environment Group‘s Director of Pew Clean Energy Program, Phyllis Cuttino: “Congress should act now — not wait — to provide investors with the assurance that they need to fuel American investment, job, and business growth and to assure our global leadership in a rapidly emerging new sector.”
  • David Sandalow, acting Under Secretary for Energy: “Let’s extend this tax credit that is making a difference for American workers creating new good jobs.”
  • David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy: “Our continued support of clean energy policies like the PTC are mission critical for America’s thriving, competitive wind industry — and shows, more than ever, the promise to create the high-paying American jobs and nationwide economic growth our country needs.”
  • Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council: “Roughly 35 percent of all new power generated in America in the past four years has come from wind–the equivalent of nine nuclear power plants. This is a good beginning, but our lawmakers could do more to ramp up our clean energy development and the job growth that comes along with it–like extending the Production Tax Credit to promote wind energy that is slated to end this year.”
  • Ron Eachus, former legislator and former chairman of the Oregon Public Utility Commission: “Getting rid of the wind production tax credit as Romney has suggested would not only stymie wind development and the jobs associated with it, but it also would hinder our efforts to become energy independent.”
  • Bill Bradbury, member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and former Oregon Secretary of State:  “The PTC still has a role to play in helping the wind energy industry reach self-sufficiency, and it should be renewed.”

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