Wind Tax Credit Avoids The Fall Over The Fiscal Cliff

Wed, 2013-01-02 11:02Farron Cousins
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Wind Tax Credit Avoids The Fall Over The Fiscal Cliff

The U.S. government has managed to postpone financial calamity for a few months with the passage of a so-called “fiscal cliff” deal.  While the deal is hardly anything to celebrate in the larger scheme of things, it did provide a one-year extension for a critical clean energy mechanism – the wind energy production tax credit.

The credit has been in jeopardy since it was first introduced, with Republicans in Washington threatening to kill the tax credit, citing its estimated cost of $12.1 billion over the next decade as too costly.  However, the credit breaks down to a mere 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour of wind energy produced in America, making it one of the cheapest subsidies approved for energy projects.

The extension of the credit comes at the perfect time, as the United Nations recently released a report detailing the ways in which climate change could cause financial disasters across the globe.

Among the more dire warnings in the U.N. report is the threat of water scarcity, which could devastate commodity markets, as agriculture would take a massive hit and crops would be decimated.  So while the United States might have postponed the drop over the fiscal cliff, the threat of the environmental and climate change cliff is very real, and very much in need of addressing. 

The wind production credit extension will keep the tax credit alive for the year 2013, which wil help wind energy companies to resume growing and to hire back workers laid off in the past year. Its fate after that remains unclear.

Previous Comments

I wonder how long it will take windy to come and espouse his dishonest vindictiveness concerning wind farms.

Jeez, Ian. Windy hasn't even commented yet and you're already taking pot shots at her!

Is this the future of “Climate Change Communication”?

Windy has expressed considerable concern over public subsidy of private industries, environmental damage from toxic industrial pollution, as well as concerns over the death rates for various energy sources.

According to data provided by Windy, solar and wind are infinitely cleaner and safer than fossil fuels. (Thank you for providing that data Windy.)

  1. Therefore, Windy would demand the immediate sessation of all of intense subsidies for coal, oil, and of course natural gas. (Ending Tax free operation of oil refineries would be a good start.)
  2. To prevent environmental damage, Windy would like to see us cease using oil, gas and natural gas.
  3. To save human lives, Windy would like to see us to stop using all fossil fuels.
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