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(Red=Two votes against tax credit or one vote against and one absent; Green=Two votes for tax credit or one vote for and one absent; Grey=Delegation split. Map courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association and powered by Capitol Advantage ©2008)
Congress failed to extend the renewable energy production tax credit (yet again). Yesterday, the Senate, by a 50 to 44 vote, fell short of the 60 votes needed to stop debate on the motion to proceed to H.R. 6049, the Renewable Energy and Jobs Creation Act of 2008. This bill included a 1-year extension of the Production Tax Credit.
This current Senate is getting very good at threatening filibusters. If it weren't for the fact that nothing else gets done during that time period, I say let 'em filibuster. Then we would see exactly how popular those Senators who are up for re-election this November actually are. It should also be noted that Senators McCain, Obama, and Clinton did not record any votes on this bill. This begs the question: now that Senator Clinton is done campaigning, when will she get back to her "day job?"
In a statement, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Senior Director of Governmental & Public Affairs Gregory Wetstone responded to the news:
“With 116,000 jobs and nearly $19 billion in investment at risk in the renewable energy industries, the U.S. Senate today again failed to secure the votes needed to extend tax credits for the wind and solar industries, frustrating the desire of millions of Americans across the political spectrum. Renewable energy like wind power can lower home energy bills, strengthen our energy security, create new manufacturing jobs and, perhaps most importantly, reduce global warming pollution even as we meet growing electricity demand. We strongly urge Congressional leaders to move quickly to find another path for a rapid extension of the tax incentives needed to put our nation on the road to a clean and secure energy future.
America’s wind industry has a critical role to play as a major source of jobs and growth in a troubled economy, and a readily available part of the global warming solution. However, continuing delay in Congressional action is already taking a toll on American jobs and economic growth, as well as on fledgling efforts to slow global warming. "