Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their tax bill that slashes incentives for clean energy sources such as wind and solar and electric vehicles, while maintaining most of the permanent oil incentives and extending nuclear tax breaks. Environment America’s DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement in response:
“After months of global warming fueled extreme weather and wildfires, and decades of air and water pollution from burning fossil fuels, it has never been more important to shift our country toward a 100% renewable energy future. We can protect our families’ health and environment by getting more truly clean wind and solar on the grid and shifting to cars that emit zero tailpipe pollution. Yet the House tax bill keeps big oil’s tax bonanza while eliminating important incentives for solar, wind and electric vehicles. Adding insult to injury, it cuts the wind energy tax credit by one-third and extends the same credit for dirty and dangerous nuclear power indefinitely. Furthermore, the Senate may move to use their tax bill to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to irreversible damage from oil drilling and exploration. This bill is a polluters’ dream and a nightmare for the rest of us.
“This is the wrong tax plan for our health and environment. We urge our senators to reject any tax bill that takes us to a dirty energy future or that threatens the Arctic and our special places. It’s up to them to craft a tax bill that will lead us to a cleaner, greener, healthier future.”