FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 16, 2013
Contact: Maggie Kao, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Bicameral Call to Action: Time is Running Out to Save Clean Energy Jobs
Sen. Markey and SEEC Lead Call to Renew Expiring Clean Energy Tax Credits
Washington, D.C. -- Today, leaders in both Houses of Congress called on their colleagues to act quickly to support a long-term extension of critical clean energy tax credits that are set to expire at the end of the year. In the Senate, Ed Markey (MA) led the way, releasing a letter in which Senators Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Chris Coons (Del.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Al Franken (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Angus King (Maine), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Barbara Mikulski (Md.), Chris Murphy (Conn.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Tom Udall (N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) joined his call for action on clean energy investments. At the same time, leaders in the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition released a letter urging House leadership to take up legislation renewing these vital tax credits as well.
In recent years, commonsense, bipartisan policies like the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit have helped the wind and solar industries power millions of American businesses and homes, while creating tens of thousands of good American jobs.
The economic benefits of clean energy jobs are spread nationwide, and cross over partisan boundaries. In fact, more than 80 percent of our nation’s installed wind capacity is in districts currently controlled by Republicans -- but over 80,000 jobs would be endangered if these critical tax credits are not renewed.
“Provisions like the production tax credit and the investment tax credit have helped technologies like wind and solar create tens of thousands of American jobs and generate an increasing share of America’s power,” wrote Senator Markey and his Senate colleagues. “With continued support, clean energy will help Americans save money on their energy bills and reduce harmful pollution.”
Clean energy tax credits have helped ramp up wind and solar production and drive down the cost of clean energy. With continued support, clean energy will continue to create good American jobs and help Americans save money on their energy bills while reducing the harmful pollution that fuels climate disruption.
“The Sierra Club and our 2.1 million members and supporters thank Sen. Markey, the leaders of SEEC, and their colleagues for their leadership on clean energy jobs,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director. “Clean energy has created tens of thousands of good American jobs, and the cost for wind and solar are at an all-time low, making it more accessible than ever for American families. Now isn’t the time to stymie American jobs and clean energy growth.”