Jeanne Bassett, Environment Colorado’s Program Director released the following statement:
“There’s never been a more important time to invest in a cleaner, greener, healthier future. The president’s budget shows real leadership in building a clean energy economy in the United States, powered by pollution-free energy and thousands of local jobs, as well as continued support for conservation of the places we love.
The president’s budget recognizes that clean, renewable energy like wind and solar power is the key to a future with cleaner air and water and healthy local economies.
Colorado is already showing what is possible for a clean, sustainable energy economy. Energy like wind power is a booming industry in Colorado and an important part of what makes our state great – creating pollution-free energy and employing thousands of people across the state.
At the same time, this year is a make-or-break moment for the future of wind power in Colorado. Critical incentives to keep our clean energy economy growing are set to expire this year, and we need to make sure they’re extended. The President’s budget invests in the continued growth of clean energy in America by extending the Production Tax Credit for wind and other renewables and the 1603 Incentives Program and the 48C manufacturing tax credit. This is our opportunity to ensure Colorado remains a leader in clean energy development.
Secondly, on preservation, President Obama has been an advocate for preserving the best of America through his America’s Great Outdoors initiative and continues to support preservation initiatives in this budget.
The president’s proposal to direct $450 million to preservation through the Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important step towards protecting our waterways, wildlife and open spaces, while providing communities with recreational access, and bolstering local economies.
Environment Colorado is a state-based, citizen funded environmental advocacy organizations working for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.