Skip to comments.Obama to Congress on green-energy tax-break extension: 'Do it now'
Posted on 05/24/2012 3:27:43 PM PDT by jazusamo
President Obama used the backdrop of an Iowa wind-energy manufacturing plant Thursday to ramp up pressure on Congress to extend an expiring tax break that has been vital to financing new power projects.
Extension of the wind-energy production tax credit which is slated to lapse at years end is part of a short to do list of actions Obama says Congress could do quickly to help the economy.
Obama, speaking at TPI Composites, noted that domestic manufacturing, rather than imports, of various wind turbine parts now supports many facilities in 43 states employing tens of thousands of workers.
So were making progress. But Im here today because that progress is in jeopardy, Obama said at the plant in Newton, Iowa, that makes wind turbine blades.
If Congress doesnt act, those tax credits I mentioned the ones that helped to build up the wind industry and bring it here to Newton will expire. If Congress doesnt act, companies like this one will take a hit. Jobs will be lost. Thats not a guess. That's a fact. And we can't let that happen, Obama said, according to his prepared remarks.
Thats a fact. And we cant let that happen. We cant walk away from these jobs. Congress should extend these tax credits, and they should do it now, he added in the speech that noted Iowa supports more wind power jobs than any other state.
The wind power industry and supply-chain companies are lobbying hard for an extension of the credits, arguing that uncertainty about the incentives is already hurting the sector and that some layoffs have begun.
Wind projects typically have an 18- to 24-month development cycle. So effectively the PTC is already expiring, said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group, in a statement this week. That is why an extension is urgently needed now. We cant afford to wait until the [production tax credit] runs out.
But the fate of the credits which have not lapsed since 2004 remain highly unclear this year. The credits are tethered to wider election-year tax policy and reform debates that could drag any action past the 2012 elections, or even into next year.
House Republicans have promised wide-ranging examination of expiring tax policy provisions, while Senate Democrats have pressed for an across-the-board extension of a suite of expiring provisions.
Also, while the wind credits have long enjoyed bipartisan support, many Republicans are increasingly criticizing federal green energy programs.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has floated legislation to extend the credit, issued a statement ahead of Obamas speech alleging the White House must engage more with Congress on various expiring tax provisions.
The provision is hung up in the lack of a way forward on dozens of expiring tax provisions. The President could exert his leadership by working with Congress on a way forward instead of calling for a provision thats a no-brainer for many of us. Hes focusing on the easy part of a bigger task, Grassley said Wednesday.
Separately, the White House is pushing for another round of the 30 percent credit for manufacturing equipment like solar panel components and wind turbines.
The 2009 stimulus law provided $2.3 billion in tax credits for the program, but efforts in Congress to add billions to that cap have fallen short in recent years. The White House has proposed adding another $5 billion worth of credits.
Obama used the speech to tout the other items on the "to-do list," such as eliminating tax incentives for companies that outsource jobs.
"There are plenty of steps we can take steps that we must take right now to speed up this recovery; to help create jobs; and to restore some of the financial security that so many families have lost. Its within our control to do all of that right now," Obama said. "But heres the thing: too many of my Republican friends in Congress are standing in the way."
He also alleged that Republicans are pursuing policies that wont help the economy.
They want to cut more taxes especially for the wealthiest Americans. They want to cut back more of the rules we put in place for banks and financial institutions. They want to wait for the housing market to hit bottom, and just hope for the best, Obama said, according to his prepared remarks. That doesnt make sense.
The House should amend the wind energy tax credit extension by adding a whole slew of offshore drilling approval mandates, Keystone pipeline approval, fracking procedure protection measures, endangered species list deletions, ethanol mandate repeal, etc. and send it on to the Senate for approval.
If Barky and Dingy Harry want to pass wind so bad, they can also implement some legislation that will REALLY benefit us, energy-wise.
Yeah, obviously 0baminomics is working beautifully and has put us back on track financially.
We just need more of it because of the damage that Dubya' created with his gifts to the rich.
>> the plant in Newton, Iowa, that makes wind turbine blades
... that bolt onto turbines made in Europe. What a joke.
Congress: "Say please."
At the same time they and boy president want to completely eliminate new development of fossil fuels as energy.
DRILL for OIL! DRILL for GAS! MINE COAL!
And send Obama back to Kenya!
No deals, just drill and dig.
Pray for America
Anytime anyone wants to post all the failed green companies, ‘jobs lost’ and dollar amounts (hello, laundering taxpayer dollars to his campaign), fire away.
People have to see the whole list of green companies.
Why should anyone care what a lame duck with only eight months left in his term wants anyone to do about anything?
Wind is very expensive for what you get, has real environmental issues where there are birds, has noise pollutions issues and must be coupled with hydro or other steady source of power that can be harmonized with what power wind produces. Not worthy of a subsidy.
Biomass, on the other hand has several dimensional purposes. It can provide clean heat and power. Having a market for biomass can offset the costs the public has to pay out of the federal budget to reduce forest fuels that have become a crisis. With initial subsidies, a critical market mass can be achieved where small pellet mills and district power and heating projects can become self sustained. Eventually, the local public will use pellets and bricks bulk delivered to residences and public buildings for heat at a much lower cost and independent of heating oil.
Having thinned healthier forests sequesters more carbon and reduces the imemnse output of carbon and other pollutants released in the huge severe wildfires that have become common in the west.
Why would anyone even make that comment knowing that AGW is a leftist hoax, and the atmospheric CO2 content is barely more than zero?
Me to Bozo: Go... f***... Yourself you marxist f**got! Do it know!
Is that the former Maytag Plant in Newton, Iowa?
That used to be about the only industry in that town, IIRC.