House Republicans can make wind lobbyist Denise Bode the biggest champion of fossil fuels.
Environment and Energy Daily reports,
The wind power industry is warning that it could lose thousands of jobs if Congress lets a key tax credit expire next year, amid a backdrop of disdain for green subsidies by conservative politicians.
The industry has boomed since the last time Congress let the production tax credit temporarily expire in 2003, with some 35,000 installed wind turbines now able to provide more than 40,000 megawatts of electricity. That is the equivalent of about 40 large coal-fired power plants.
The industry’s rapid pace of growth, at about 15 percent last year, is already beginning to slow down as developers question whether the credit’s payment of 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour will disappear in December 2012, according to industry members…
The House GOP should tell the wind and solar industries that if they want their precious production tax credits to continue after 2012, then they’re going to have to earn them by convincing the Obama administration to stop its war against fossil fuels.
This could be the first time the wind and solar industries actually earn their taxpayer subsidies.