Wind, environment win
Pennsylvania rang in the new year with a brighter future for wind power and clean air. President Obama and Congress began 2013 with a promise for cleaner air and water. They renewed critical tax credits for the growth of wind energy in Pennsylvania and across America as part of the package to avert the fiscal cliff.
Burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, harms our health and pollutes our air and water. The renewal of the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) and offshore-wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) will mean more clean wind energy and jobs for Pennsylvania, without any pollution or global-warming emissions.
Wind power in Pennsylvania already prevents as much global-warming pollution as taking 218,000 cars off the road per year and could prevent as much as taking an additional 185,000 cars off the road in 2016 if wind growth continues at current rates.
We thank President Obama, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and all Pennsylvania members of Congress who voted for this package for supporting wind power and a cleaner, healthier 2013.
Mary Kate Ranii
The writer is Western Pennsylvania field organizer for PennEnvironment (pennenvironment.org).
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