Solar Tax Credit to be Cut from Energy Bill

A rollback of the advancements for solar and wind energy is in the works: according to this article by Toby Barlow at Huffington Post, Pelosi and Reid are planning to cut (or have already cut) the Solar Investment Tax Credit from the energy bill now being considered by Congress. From the article:

Pelosi and Reid are just about to do the stupidest thing imaginable: pull the rug out from underneath the blossoming renewable energy economy at the time when we need it most.

(Start reaching for your phone…)

Just as every single magazine in the country is giving the energy crisis more press than Paris Hilton, and just as renewable energy is becoming the entrepreneurial equivalent of the internet revolution and just as the news about climate change is getting weirder and scarier every time we open the freakin’ paper, our crazy-assed Democratic leaders are completely dropping the ball, and you gotta call Capitol Hill right now and tell them to get their head’s straight fast.

As Adam Browning of Vote Solar put it: “Thursday morning, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi decided to drop the renewable energy standard out of the energy bill and drop the tax title. No tax title means no extension of the investment tax credit for solar, and no extension of the production tax credit for wind. Let’s see…nothing for solar, plus nothing for wind, hmmm, add no renewable energy standard, carry the zero…yep, that adds up to precisely nothing for renewable energy.”

Got that? Congressional leadership is moving an energy bill with nothing in it for renewable energy. Dropping the biggest pro-solar provision this country has ever seen, just when the industry is gaining momentum and making an impact.”

According to Adam, we’ve got maybe 24 hours to turn this around. 24 hours. That’s not a lot of time.

Now he suggested a script to use when you call the Hill, but mine is better, it goes like this:

‘Hi Senator Pelosi? Um, 90% of America, would like more renewable energy and you are ignoring them? So you’re either crazy or you are possessed by the devil. Which one is it? I hope you’re possessed by the devil because insanity takes years of therapy to cure and we are running out of time but all you need to get rid of Satan is a flask of holy water and a sober village priest. So, get your exorcism on sister and get the 8-year extension for the solar investment tax credits in the energy bill. Do it, do it now. Thank you very much.’

You can use the same script for Reid, only don’t call him “sister.”

Pelosi’s offices number is 202- 225-4965
Reid’s office’s number is 202-224-3542

Then you should call your Congressman or woman and get all fired up on this too. You can find your congressional leader here. Tell ‘em stuff like this:

* Clean energy means jobs and energy independence.
* America needs carbon-free renewable energy immediately. Tons of it.
* Renewable energy is a key component in the war against climate change.
* The energy bill must extend investment tax credits for solar.
* Yes, you know you are shouting, it’s just that you are really very pissed off about this and you really want them do something about it.

Come on, Act Now!

This is really serious stuff. This is a call to arms. We’re fighting a two front war against climate change and woefully short sighted politicians. Call your friends, aunts, uncles, the whole lot of them. Get everyone dialing. Today.

Because time is running out in more ways than one.

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3 responses

  1. I suspect the reason behind the Pelosi-Reid move has more to do with what may have been appended to the Solar credit and to look for a rational reason for their action will only get uou very upset. Idiots are as idiots do, and this Congress is as bad as the administration but even less effectual and useless. Solar technology is relatively mature technology, available as either passive and very simple, or active and more complex, but also more expensive. Passive solar heating via very basic roof-top collectors can be very beneficial to the owner’s pocket book as well as for the environment. The use of less heat via oil or natural gas makes great sense and saves homeowners money. The tax credits are necessary for encouraging the use of solar as much as for strengthening a new industry. I suspect many people believe more and more that Mr. Reid and Ms Pelosi need to be replaced–they have been just awful leaders.

  2. As always, “Nanny” Pelosi and “Stepnfetchit” Reid roll over and acquiesce to the policies the moronic monkey wants to see pursued. They are at least as accomodating as his rubber-stamp Congress of the past was, if not moreso.

    Yes, all of the above could be construed as vitriol. But I have so had it with these clowns.

  3. [...] Also, it is estimated that you can recover about 65% of your cost for a solar thermal system with the tax credits that were available, and that hopefully will continue to be available. See this post for more about the removal of this tax credit from a current energy bill. I have also contacted Sheldon Whitehouse’s office about the solar tax credit and am hoping to hear back about when and where this will be reintroduced. [...]

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