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Anti-wind bill would hurt jobs, families’ access to clean power

Gary Kanaby
Anti-wind bill would hurt jobs, families’ access to clean power

“Hey man, what are you thinking? Why would you do this?” Gary Kanaby says he would ask Representative Bill Flores of Texas. The Congressman has cosponsored a bill that would eliminate a common-sense renewable energy policy and put his own constituents, like Gary, in a precarious position.

Your legislator may be considering signing on to this bill too – could you please take a moment to send in a quick note? Let your legislator know that you oppose this bill, HR 1901, that stands in the way of clean energy.

Let me tell you a bit more about the bill –

HR 1901 stands in the way of clean energy.  It proposes to:

  • Prevent an extension of the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC), an effective, market-based business tax incentive that reduces energy costs for Americans in all parts of the country and
  • Impose retroactive changes affecting business deals that have already been signed.

Gary can tell you more about how this incentive makes a difference in the workplace:

Working in wind since 2002, Gary has seen Congress drag its heels on the PTC several times, and has seen them allow it to expire before renewing it three times.

The trend continues today – the PTC expired on December 31st, and we need to push our legislators to renew it as soon as possible.

“With all of the uncertainty in the industry, I’ve seen businesses dry up, make major layoffs, and transition to serve other sectors. It’s short-sighted to have legislation that hurts wind. Business doesn’t come back after that,” Gary says.

“I work for a blade service company now. Part of our business is sending technicians to the sites of new wind projects. As they assemble the rotors, they inspect the blades, and do repairs right there on the spot. The PTC is important to us. It creates work for the future. The more turbines installed now, the more work to service them in the future.”

This bill – HR 1901 – threatens to create a repeat of the cycle of job losses, factory closures, and major decreases in the amount of new wind power available to our families. 

Please reach out to your legislator today. Urge opposition to this bill that stands in the way of our progress towards a cleaner, more affordable energy future.

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Mary Kate Francis is the Director of Community Engagement at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). She leads the Power of Wind, a community movement for the smarter, fairer energy policies we need to unleash the promise of wind energy. The Power of Wind community is active in energy policy debates at the federal and state levels. Mary Kate has been involved in this work since 2007. She is a graduate of American University and George Washington University.

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