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Sen. Ben Cardin explains why a one year extension is worthless

Sen. Ben Cardin explains why a one year extension is worthless

Senator Ben Cardin from Maryland said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning that a “one-year extension” for provisions such as the renewable energy Production Tax Credit that are being considered in Congress right now is essentially worthless. He explained it isn’t a “one-year extension, it’s a couple week extension” because the bill would only extend these provisions through the end of this month.

Sen. Cardin added, “there’s a better way, it’s called the EXPIRE Act.”


On Tuesday night, Tom Kiernan, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, called for an extension of the Production Tax Credit through at least 2015 as part of the EXPIRE Act.

“We call on all clean energy supporters in Congress and the White House to work to pass a two-year extension of these critical tax policies,” Kiernan said. “The three-week extension being considered by the House does not provide the certainty and stability needed to keep U.S. factories open and keep workers on the job. And if you think otherwise, try telling that to the American workers who will be laid off starting in January.”

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Shauna Theel is the Deputy Director of Digital Media at the American Wind Energy Association. She oversees AWEA's digital media content and strategy, ensuring that the message of clean, affordable, and American wind power is heard loud and clear across media platforms. Prior to joining AWEA, she worked at the watchdog group Media Matters for America for four years. As the Climate and Energy Program Director at Media Matters, she oversaw the group's rapid response communications, long-term research analyses, and outreach efforts related to energy and environmental policy. In this role, she served as the public face of the team, giving interviews to press outlets, and giving presentations everywhere from Capitol Hill to the National Press Club. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science.

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