After 2012 Election, Congress Moves To Help Clean Energy

Denying climate change or its clean energy solution, is not only bad policy, but a losing ticket in Congress, where 11 out of 12 targeted fossil fuel allies that opposed action on clean energy lost their house seats to democrats likely to support it, reported Jason Plautz recently at Inside Climate News. Many environmental groups think this will likely change the discourse there on addressing climate change and promoting clean energy. And indeed, a bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers just announced a plan to push ahead in 2013 to change the tax code so renewable energy projects could qualify for beneficial tax structures commonly used by pipelines and other energy-related companies, reports Roberta Rampton at World Environment News. Essentially, the changes would mean that clean energy businesses could get the same tax breaks that oil industries now enjoy.  Bills proposing such changes now have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Asking the Obama administration for support, 29 lawmakers noted that “Small tweaks to the tax code could attract billions of dollars in private sector investment to renewable energy deployment.”  

 

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 Election Outcome Changes the Climate and Energy Conversation in Congress

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20121126/november-2012-election-congress-environment-energy-carbon-tax-clean-energy-loans-obama-climate-skeptics-enviros

 Lawmakers to push tax code change for renewable energy in 2013

Author: Roberta Rampton
A group of U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday that they plan to push ahead in the new year to change the tax code so renewable energy projects could qualify for beneficial tax structures commonly used by pipelines and other energy-related companies. http://planetark.org/wen/67400

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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