Target: Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma
Goal: Do not tax solar and wind turbine energy installations
Solar and wind turbine energy could soon be taxed in Oklahoma. The state House recently passed a bill that would see property owners taxed for generating their own energy through solar equipment and wind turbines. The bill now awaits approval from Governor Mary Fallin before becoming law.
The bill will specifically target those who produce excess energy and sell it to the state grid, despite the fact that these property owners are providing a much-needed service to state energy giants. Solar energy, which is produced during the day, helps mitigate the high demand for power during daytime hours, lessening the need for extra infrastructure to be added by energy corporations.
As the price of solar energy equipment decreases, the world is seeing an increase in its use. By the end of 2014, solar installations in America are expected to reach an all-time high, at 45,000 gigawatts of production capacity. This new bill could sway potential renewable energy users to stick to using energy from fossil fuels.
Carbon emissions from fossil fuel usage have nearly doubled in growth over the past decade, resulting in rising pollution and accelerating climate change. Tripling the current output of renewable energy worldwide by 2050 could keep climate change at a manageable level, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Renewable energy is our best chance to mitigate the climactic changes caused by carbon emissions, and should be encouraged, rather than taxed. It is counterproductive to lay additional charges on property owners that choose to pay for tens of thousands of dollars worth of renewable energy equipment. Demand that the bill be thrown out, and that renewable energy remain tax-free.
Dear Governor Mary Fallin,
Oklahoma’s state House recently passed S.B. 1456, which would impose a fee on those selling renewable energy back to the state grid. The bill would tax solar installations and wind turbines, energy forms which are actually helping the state by reducing the need for fossil fueled energy during daytime peak consumption hours.
With rising carbon emissions causing increased pollution and climate change, it is imperative that fossil fuel energy be replaced with renewable sources. Private owners who are moving toward solar or wind-powered energy sources should be supported, rather than taxed. I demand that S.B. 1456 be thrown out in order to further encourage citizens to consider making the move to clean energy.
[Your Name Here]
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