Lobbying for wind and solar power tax credits: Hurry “we’re looking at 116,000 jobs at risk”

Michael Giberson

The Washington Post reports on their hometown industry – lobbying Congress – in a report on efforts by the wind and solar power industry to have tax credits renewed.

Some of the quotes have me wondering whether John Whitehead has had any success with his “lost green jobs challenge.” Here, for example, is the closing quote from a lobbyist for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA):

“In the absence of an extension by Memorial Day, we’re looking at 116,000 jobs at risk — 76,000 in wind and 40,000 in solar — and $19 billion in clean energy investment. … We have a lot of friends in the House, and we need to make them understand that time is imperative.”

For those pursuing Whitehead’s challenge, the Post article helpfully points out the wind industry has had its production tax credits lapse three times: 1999, 2001 and 2003. AWEA said that “new installed wind capacity declined 93, 73 and 77 percent, respectively.”


4 thoughts on “Lobbying for wind and solar power tax credits: Hurry “we’re looking at 116,000 jobs at risk”

  1. Seems like the industry is experiencing boom-bust cycles from political subsidies.

    All this “jobs at risk” stuff reminds me of the old idea that breaking windows is good for the economy — because it keeps glaziers employed.

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