Hostages: Senate Dems push to tie green-power tax credits to transportation bill as ‘extenders’ window closes

Democrats maneuver to avoid wind and solar subsidies being taken hostage as we have recommended.

Environment and Energy Daily reports:

Senate Democrats today plan to propose attaching a longer life for two tax credits hotly sought by renewable energy companies to a two-year transportation bill as the long-term fate of those “extenders” remains in limbo.

The two amendments pitched by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to the transportation bill ahead of a Finance Committee markup set for this afternoon would extend the wind production tax credit until 2013 and revive a Treasury Department program that gave renewables producers grants in lieu of a tax credit before it expired at the end of last year…

Republicans must hold the renewable energy tax credits hostage pending an end to Obama’s war against fossil fuels.