The following is a letter sent to Congress, signed by 88 organizations that oppose the extension of the Production Tax Credit. Pick a few lines from this to send in your own letter!
Dear United States Senators and Representatives:
The principal federal support for wind energy, the so-called Production Tax Credit (PTC), is scheduled to expire at the end of this year. The undersigned organizations and the millions of Americans we represent stand opposed to extending the wind PTC. This special provision continues the deplorable practice of using the tax code to favor certain groups over others.Whenever the government protects a particular industry, as it has with wind energy production,the industry tends to remain dependent on it. As Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman noted, “The infant industry argument is a smoke screen. The so-called infants never grow up.”
The wind PTC, like other green energy incentives, is a prime case in point. The PTC was created in 1992 to get the wind industry off the ground. Yet 20 years later, we have little to show for it.
We’re still providing a $5 billion special tax break each year for an industry that supplies just over 2% of our power. If a new technology truly has worthwhile benefits for American consumers such as lower cost, higher efficiency, or environmental benefits, then that technology will demonstrate its value by competing in the open market for consumers’ dollars—not by living off of special provisions in the tax code. American consumers—not Washington lawmakers—should decide the future of American energy.
It is time to end special tax provisions that distort the energy market and increase energy prices.We urge you to let the wasteful wind PTC expire as planned at the end of the year.
Maine groups that are part of the Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power that signed this letter are: Friends of Lincoln Lakes; Friends of Maine’s Mountains; Friends of Saddleback; Friends of Spruce Mountain (we are a Friendly bunch of folks here in Maine!); Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed; Protect Our Lakes (ME) I am sure all the other groups under the state-wide coalition would have signed on too, had they had the chance in the short time this letter was put together. For more, use this link:
Of course, several of the existing wind site owners took the ARRA Section 1603 money, a total taxpayer gift of money representing 30% of the construction cost, in lieu of the PTC. These thieves win BIG TIME if the PTC is not extended. Here is the Section 1603 Dis-Honor Roll: