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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

15_Lt_Wind on Aug 13, 2014

Letter: a letter from 49 members of Congress to House leadershi
Source: Letter to House leadership on Rep. Pompei's website
Excerpts from letter to House leadership:

"We offer our full support for allowing the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire. Extending the wind PTC is a key priority for the Obama Administration and its efforts to prop up wind and other favored "green energy" technologies. Under President Obama, federal subsidies for wind have grown from $476 million per year when he first took office to $4.98 billion per year today. A one-year extension of the wind PTC would cost American taxpayers over $13.35 billion. [which] has caused significant price distortions in wholesale electricity markets.

"The value of the Wind PTC today it is worth 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour produced. A wind project that "begins construction" in 2013 could receive subsidies until 2026. By ending this program now we will have given the wind industry a more than generous phase-out for a credit that is being awarded to a mature technology with over 61,100 megawatts of generation installed across the country and 13,400 megawatts under development in 21 states. Over 43% of all electric generation nameplate capacity additions in 2012 were from wind, overtaking natural-gas fired generation as the leading source of new power generation."

OnTheIssues note: The wind PTC subsidy will likely stay in place as long as Obama is president. In general, Democrats support alternative energy credits such as the PTC (which also applies to biomass and geothermal energy), although some Democrats from coal states or oil states oppose the PTC. The Republican signatories of this letter complain about the $5B annual subsidy for renewable energy--but they ignore fossil fuels subsidies including: $3B for fossil fuel tax subsidy; $1B for fossil energy R&D; and a $7B annual subsidy for oil & gas exploration. Also see a letter from 53 Senators to the President

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Let wind energy production tax credit expire (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Let wind energy production tax credit expire (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 2.
  • Headline: Let wind energy production tax credit expire (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Let wind energy production tax credit expire (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 2 on Energy: When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
    • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
    • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
    • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
    • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 15_Lt_Wind

Republicans participating in 15_Lt_Wind

Robert Aderholt s1sAlabama Republican
Andy Barr s1sKentucky Republican
Joe Linus Barton s1sTexas Republican
Kerry Bentivolio s1sMichigan Republican
Marsha Blackburn s1sTennessee Republican
Jim Bridenstine s1sOklahoma Republican
Paul Broun s1sGA Republican Challenger
Kevin Cramer s1sNorth Dakota Republican
Ron DeSantis s1sFL Republican Senate candidate
Stephen Fincher s1sTennessee Republican
John Fleming s1sLA Republican Senate candidate
Bill Flores s1sTexas Republican
Trent Franks s1sArizona Republican
Louie Gohmert s1sTexas Republican
Morgan Griffith s1sVirginia Republican
Brett Guthrie s1sKentucky Republican
Richard Hanna s1sNew York Republican
Gregg Harper s1sMississippi Republican
Andy Harris s1sMaryland Republican
George Holding s1sNorth Carolina Republican
Richard Hudson s1sNorth Carolina Republican
Randy Hultgren s1sIllinois Republican
Walter Beaman Jones s1sNorth Carolina Republican
Jim Jordan s1sOhio Republican
Adam Kinzinger s1sIllinois Republican
Raul Labrador s1sIdaho Republican
Doug Lamborn s1sColorado Republican
Leonard Lance s1sNew Jersey Republican
Cynthia Lummis s1sWyoming Republican
Tom McClintock s1sCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)
David McKinley s1sWest Virginia Republican
Rich Nugent s1sFlorida Republican
Alan Nunnelee s1sMississippi Republican (deceased 2015)
Pete Olson s1sTexas Republican
Scott Perry s1sPennsylvania Republican
Mike Pompeo s1sKansas Republican
Reid Ribble s1sWisconsin Republican
Phil Roe s1sTennessee Republican
Ed Royce s1sCalifornia Republican
Steve Scalise s1sLA Republican challenger
David Schweikert s1sArizona Republican
John Shimkus s1sIllinois Republican
Mike Simpson s1sIdaho Republican
Randy Weber s1sTexas Republican
Lynn Westmoreland s1sGeorgia Republican
Ed Whitfield s1sKentucky Republican

Independents participating in 15_Lt_Wind

Mick Mulvaney s1sSC Budget Director

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 46
Independents: 1

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