Target: Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi
Goal: Renew the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which fueled the growth of the solar industry.
A 30 percent federal tax credit has driven an explosion of growth in the solar industry, but it will expire at the end of 2016. Our future depends on how fast we can convert our economy from fossil fuels, which are increasing the pace of climate change, to clean alternatives. Critical to this is renewing the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before the end of 2016. Big Oil and Gas will enjoy $100 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years, and yet that shamelessly polluting industry is doing everything it can to pressure Congress into dropping its critical support system for solar.
Solar prices are falling and, combined with ITC, this clean, renewable energy source is getting more and more affordable. Solar is a jobs creator: Employment in the solar industry has grown 85 percent over the past four years and, in 2014, the solar industry added jobs 10 times faster than any other industry. Today, the solar industry employs nearly 175,000 U.S. workers and that pumps $15 billion per year into the American economy. That’s good news for American workers and even better news for our planet.
Last year, solar installations offset over 20 million metric tons of polluting carbon emissions—nothing must get in the way of growing that number. The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) responded angrily to dishonest attacks on solar as “wasteful” from a conservative think tank and SEIA promised a “bare knuckle brawl,” if necessary, to keep its federal tax credit.
Climate deniers are elected to Congress to represent the massive amounts of campaign money received from coal, oil and gas, but Americans are overwhelmingly supportive of clean solar energy. Solar has long enjoyed bi-partisan support as a means of achieving energy independence. Tax credits have worked to spur the dramatic solar growth we need to fight climate change—we can’t afford to lose this tax credit. Sign the petition below to urge the federal goverment to renew tax credits on solar installations. The future of our planet depends on the further development of solar technology.
Dear Minority Leader Pelosi,
Last year, solar installations offset over 20 million metric tons of polluting carbon emissions. Our best hope for saving this planet rests with expanding alternative fuels as fast as possible. In recent years, the solar industry has exploded with growth fueled by the Solar Investment Tax Credit, which is set to expire at the end of 2016.
Climate deniers in Congress, funded by Big Oil and Gas, have pledged to end solar’s tax credit program. At the same time, Americans across this country overwhelmingly support clean solar energy. Solar has exploded with growth in recent years—the solar industry employs almost 175,000 workers and pumps $15 billion per year into our economy. If we’re serious about fighting climate change, we must renew tax credits for solar installations.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Corey Parrish acquired from United States Air Force