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Wind PTC Coalition Letter FINAL

Wind PTC Coalition Letter FINAL

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64 Organizations to Congress:
“Let the Wind Production Tax Credit Expire!”
 September 6, 2012Dear United States Senators and Representatives:The principal federal support for wind energy, the so-called Production Tax Credit (PTC), isscheduled to expire at the end of this year. The undersigned organizations and the millions of Americans we represent stand opposed to extending the wind PTC. This special provisioncontinues the deplorable practice of using the tax code to favor certain groups over others.Whenever the government protects a particular industry, as it has with wind energy production,the industry tends to remain dependent on it. As Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman
noted, “The infant industry argument is a smoke screen. The so
called infants never grow up.”
The wind PTC, like other green energy incentives, is a prime case in point. The PTC was createdin 1992 to get the wind industry off the ground. Yet 20 years later, we have little to show for it.
We’re still providing a $5 billion special tax break each year for a
n industry that supplies justover 2% of our power.If a new technology truly has worthwhile benefits for American consumers such as lower cost,higher efficiency, or environmental benefits, then that technology will demonstrate its value bycompeting in t
he open market for consumers’ dollars— 
not by living off of special provisions inthe tax code. American consumers
not Washington lawmakers
should decide the future of American energy.It is time to end special tax provisions that distort the energy market and increase energy prices.We urge you to let the wasteful wind PTC expire as planned at the end of the year.Sincerely,James ValvoDirector of PolicyAmericans for ProsperityPhil KerpenPresidentAmerican CommitmentWayne T. Brough, Ph.D.Chief Economist and VP for ResearchFreedomWorksMyron EbellPresidentFreedom ActionDuane PardePresidentNational Taxpayers UnionEli LehrerPresidentR Street
Dan GreenbergPresidentAdvance Arkansas InstituteJohn Droz, jr.Executive DirectorAlliance for Wise Energy Decisions(AWED)Thomas J. PylePresidentAmerican Energy AllianceDonald FergusonExecutive DirectorAmerican Tradition PartnershipBill WilsonPresidentAmericans for Limited GovernmentJon MorehousePresidentBrown County Citizens for ResponsibleWind Energy (WI)Dick LudwigPresidentCalumet County Citizens for ResponsibleEnergy
Calumet County (WI)Jeffrey MazzellaPresidentCenter for Individual FreedomBill PascoeExecutive Vice PresidentCitizens for the RepublicFrancis X. De LucaPresidentCivitas InstituteJoseph Zampogna, PhDMemberClear Skies over Orangeville (NY)Chris ChocolaPresidentThe Club for GrowthJonathan Bydlak PresidentCoalition to Reduce SpendingRobert E. Aliasso, Jr.Co-ChairCoalition for the Preservation of the GoldenCrescent (NY)Tom Brinkman Jr.ChairmanCoalition Opposed to Additional Spendingand Taxes (COAST)Matthew J. BrouillettePresident & CEOCommonwealth FoundationMarlo LewisSenior FellowCompetitive Enterprise InstituteJanet B. Steck SecretaryConcerned Citizens for Sustainable Energies(NY)Kathy BoserPresidentConcerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County(NY)Alice SwiftConcerned Citizens of DeKalb County(Indiana)Mary BrandtConcerned Citizens of Smelser & ParisTownship, Grant County residents
GrantCounty (WI)
Dave VindConcerned Citizens of Trempealeau County
Trempealeau, Monroe, Rock, La Crosse,and Dane counties (WI)Pamela WinchesterSpokespersonConcerned Residents of Hammond (NY)Tom SchatzPresidentCouncil for Citizens Against GovernmentWasteTauna ChristensenDirectorEnergy Integrity ProjectAnthony CarterCo-PresidentFinger Lakes Preservation Association (NY)Brenda SalsegForest Voice - St Croix County (WI)Gerry MeyerForward Wind Factory Victims CoalitionFond du Lac County (WI)Trent EnglandVice President of PolicyFreedom FoundationJamie FletcherFounderGlenmore Constitutional Coalition (WI)Thomas MarksExecutive DirectorGreat Lakes Wind Truth, USKate SimonMemberInformed Citizens of MichiganAndrew LangerPresidentInstitute for LibertyJon SandersDirector of Regulatory StudiesJohn Locke Foundation (NC)Jim TimbleSpokespersonLee County Informed (IL)Colin A. HannaPresidentLet Freedom RingSeton MotleyPresidentLess GovernmentBonnie OleksaFounderMansfield North Central Ohio Tea PartyAssociation (OH)Amy RidenourPresidentNational Center for Public Policy ResearchLew UhlerPresidentNational Tax-Limitation CommitteeKevin GurallDirectorPartnership for the Preservation of theDowneast Lakes Watershed (ME)Donna DavidgeProtect Our Lakes (ME)Paul J. GessingPresidentRio Grande Foundation (NM)

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