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The Cost of Killing Clean Energy

09 May 2012  |   Lea Brumfield

The New York Times recently published an editorial on the possible end of clean energy tax credits –and the job-killing consequences.

During the recession, [the clean energy industry] was one of the few sectors to add jobs. Costs of wind turbines and solar cells have fallen over the last five years, electricity from renewables has more than doubled, construction is under way on the country’s first new nuclear power plant in decades. And the United States remains an important player in the global clean energy market…

But the tax credit is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, with potentially disastrous results: a 75 percent reduction in new investment and a significant drop in jobs. That is just about what happened the last time the credit was allowed to lapse, at the end of 2003. 

Readmore at The New York Times.



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