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A Fiscal Cliff Litmus Test: The Wind Energy PTC
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A Fiscal Cliff Litmus Test: The Wind Energy PTC

Over the next two months, members of Congress, the President, and his staff will be tasked with addressing and correcting the issues of debt, taxes, and spending, unmasked by nearly half a decade of weak economic growth. These issues are complicated no matter how easy either side portrays their solution to be. Years of ambivalence towards the cyclical issues surrounding the country’s finances and economy have led many to make inefficient decisions, and come to depend on the status quo.

11/14/2012
Obama Is Not Improving Ohio's Economy - Fracking Is
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Obama Is Not Improving Ohio's Economy - Fracking Is

At the Basic American Rights Seminar in Eugene, Oregon on September 29, the keynote speaker was Ann McElhinny, director of the documentaries Not Evil, Just Wrong and FrackNation.  Always an energetic speaker, one subject of her talk really stuck out.

09/30/2012
Wind Energy Policy
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Wind Energy Policy

America needs an energy policy that embraces the nation’s abundant natural resources. Yet the government’s continues to push wind energy, which has done little to create more affordable or reliable energy. After 20 years of government subsidies for the wind industry spearheaded by the Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind energy remains unreliable, economically disastrous, and harmful to the environment. 

08/14/2012
Wind subsidies go to countries overseas
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Wind subsidies go to countries overseas

The $800 billion plus stimulus package passed back in 2009 had huge implications for the wind industry. Under the section 1603 program, 75 wind farms across the country received over $4.4 billion worth of federal grants. 

08/10/2012
The Myth of European wind energy
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The Myth of European wind energy

Many proponents of wind energy, including our current president, point to Europe as an example of how successful the wind industry can be if only given a chance in America. But how well is the wind industry really doing in Europe? 

08/08/2012
Proposal to extend PTC
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Proposal to extend PTC

Yesterday the Senate Finance Committee passed the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012. Included in the Chairman’s mark are proposals to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC). Under current law, taxpayers can claim a 2.2 cent per kilowatt hour tax credit for wind electricity produced for a 10-year period. This proposal would extend the PTC for another year allowing renewable energy facilities that begin construction before the end of 2013 to claim the 10-year credit. 

08/03/2012
Wind Energy: Environmentally friendly?
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Wind Energy: Environmentally friendly?

A common misconception exists in the alternative energy circle that says wind power does not cause environmental damage. This is simply not true. The wind industry has negative impact on the environment as acknowledged by the Global Wind Energy Council and other proponents of wind energy.  

08/02/2012
Romney speaks out against the PTC
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Romney speaks out against the PTC

The Production Tax Credit (PTC) has provided the wind industry with literally billions and billions of dollars since its inception nearly two decades ago.

07/31/2012
Production Tax Credit (PTC): Unfair
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Production Tax Credit (PTC): Unfair

The federal government has been subsidizing the wind industry for almost two decades under the Production Tax Credit (PTC). Despite costing taxpayers over $1billion annually and providing for less than 3 percent of total electricity generation in the country, the president insists on extending the program indefinitely. 

07/26/2012
Wind Power: Surviving off Subsidies
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Wind Power: Surviving off Subsidies

Since 1992, the federal government has been providing corporations with billions and billions of tax-payer funded credits in the form of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). 

07/24/2012

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