16 Feb '12, 8pm

Congress toys with the future of wind energy | Grist

Congress toys with the future of wind energy | Grist

It's time to stop playing around and get serious about funding wind energy. Cross-posted from Climate Progress . With every passing day, Congress outdoes its own abysmal environmental record. Even as federal policymakers consider a transportation bill that would open up sensitive areas for offshore drilling, encourage use of dirty oil shale, force a decision on the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline, and derail public investments in public transportation, they couldn’t even compromise on a simple short-term tax credit for wind energy. Wind businesses were calling an extension of the credit an “emergency” due to looming mass layoffs in the industry. But as history has proven time and time again, if it’s clean and renewable, it doesn’t force any urgency in Congress. In recent weeks, there was a strong bipartisan push to include the production tax credit (PTC) in an upcoming payr...

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