Today, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis released an open letter to Mitt Romney urging him to reconsider his opposition to the wind energy production tax credit, which is vital to job creation in Colorado.
Add your name to ask Mitt Romney to support the wind production tax credit, and to support Colorado jobs.
We write to you to express our deep concern over your opposition to an extension of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), which is vital to an industry that supports 5,000 jobs in Colorado and 75,000 jobs nationwide. We ask you to reconsider your position and urge you as the leader of the Republican Party to call on Congress to pass an extension of this critical, job-supporting tax credit.
Pulling the rug out from under our nation's entire wind industry by abruptly ending the PTC would devastate communities from Colorado to Iowa to Ohio to Pennsylvania. Such a move jeopardizes the jobs of up to 37,000 Americans in the next year. And it would undermine our progress in rebuilding our economy and recovering from the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression.
This is not a partisan issue. It's about our energy independence and national security. And it's about jobs and our economy.
That's why Republicans and Democrats alike have joined President Obama to push for an extension of the wind production tax credit. Everyone from Karl Rove to U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa and many Republican members of Colorado's Congressional delegation have been calling for its extension. We ask that you join this bipartisan effort that will help entrepreneurs, manufacturers and small businesses create American jobs and develop home-grown American energy.
In fact, along with the thousands of jobs it supports, wind energy provides a homegrown source of electricity that helps power homes and businesses in cities and rural communities across the country, while diversifying our nation's energy portfolio and reducing our reliance on foreign sources of energy.
Despite your claims that wind energy is a "failure" and "ballyhooed," Colorado and the country have benefited tremendously from the job growth and innovative boost this critical sector of our economy provides. Nationwide, electricity generation from wind has more than doubled since 2008. In the past four years, 35 percent of newly installed U.S. electric generating capacity came from wind energy – and today we have enough wind capacity to power 10 million homes across the country. We used to import most of the roughly 8,000 component parts that go into a modern wind turbine. But today, with more than 400 wind-related manufacturing facilities in 43 states, we're producing more and more of those parts in America.
But failure to extend the wind production tax credit would surely erase many of the gains we have made – and jobs that were created and supported.
Today, we are urging you to reconsider your opposition and join our President and the growing ranks of Republicans and Democrats who recognize the bipartisan need to extend the wind production tax credit without delay.
It's a vital step toward growing the clean energy economy, strengthening our economic competitiveness and energy independence, and supporting American businesses and American jobs.
U.S. Senator Mark Udall
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
U.S. Representative Diana DeGette
U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter
U.S. Representative Jared Polis