A WIND WARRIOR CHRISTMAS PRESENT ....sort of
T' WAS a year ago just before Christmas, that I appealed to you to sign our first CTFWP call to action to defeat the extension of the PTC as part of a large nationwide effort.
The bill was rejected but a very needy AWEA WOULD NOT GIVE UP and so 4 more bills would be concocted and defeated during 2012.
In a year things though got pretty bad for America and while the sharp saber of budget cuts is circling endlessly and aimlessly into the air .....I imagine that Congressmen must be weary to have to choose between AARP AND AWEA !
So here are few words (from our friends watching the Hill) describing our dear leaders' predicament as they all tried to pretend they would make time move without making a move:
"Things are certainly heated on Capitol Hill. The very good news is that Congress is in chaos and Obama has left town until Wed so nothing happens until after Christmas Day
The situation is as follows:
1) On Thursday (Dec 21), the House passed a bill that addresses spending cuts sufficient to avoid the sequester. Nothing in the House bill even hints at the PTC;
2) Harry Reid now has two bills on his desk -- the bill passed by the House on Thursday as well as the Senate finance committee tax-extender bill from August that never went to a floor vote;
3) Reid DOES NOT HAVE THE 60 VOTES to pass either bill so he is stuck. Still, he has no choice but to pass something. What get's passed out of Senate may/may not have the wind PTC extension included -- and we do not know what an extension might look like.
4) In the end, this thing goes to conference and things get a little scary when Conference Committee members go behind closed doors. But there is a hard reality that Congress knows by now:
-- LOTs of people within and outside our network are watching congress particularly on the PTC question. And there has been plenty of debate in the public arena on why the PTC should NOT be extended; ( EVEN NPR GETS INVOLVED AS THIS MORNING THE WHINING OF THE AWEA HIT THE MORNING AIRWAVES )
-- Congressional members and staffers are aware there are much bigger issues facing the country -- bigger that the wind PTC;
-- AWEA has managed to irk enough members (including senators) with its campaign that it's not clear folks like Grassley will go to the floor defending the indefensible. Some believe the PTC is not even on the radar for some members when considering the larger issues. and finally,
-- Nothing is getting passed without a pay-for. If we can't find the money to cover the extension, it goes nowhere. The senate finance committee bill from August had NO pay-fors."......."
SO WHILE ANGUS KING HAD THE GUTS TO ASK AND RECEIVE $30 MILLION IN TAXPAYER PROVIDED SUBSIDIES FOR RECORD HILL , HIS SOLE VENTURE INTO THE WIND SCAM IN 2009 WHILE THE DEBT WAS $13 TRILLION, NOW THAT THE DEBT HAS BALLOONED TO $16 TRILLION LET US KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON HIS MOVES AND EVERY CONGRESSPERSON'S MOVE ...AND IN THE MEANTIME RELAX .
AND ENJOY THE FACT THAT WIND WARRIORS IN MORE THAN TWENTY STATES HAVE GATHERED THREE TIMES MORE SIGNATURES THAN A YEAR AGO IN THE CURRENT ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE THE PTC EXTENSION.....