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Published on 05/02/2008 in
Updated 05/02/2008



You’ve probably seen it.  Thomas Friedman’s April 30 New York Times op-ed, “Dumb As We Wanna Be“, chided Congress for failing to figure out how to pay for the extension of critically needed clean energy tax credits.  At a “time when we should be throwing everything into clean power innovation,” he wrote, Congress is “squabbling over pennies.”

As if on cue, Congressional leadership just made a decision to yank inclusion of the solar investment tax credit (ITC) from the Iraq War Supplemental legislation, without a clear plan for addressing energy security in this country.

The House and the Senate have each passed versions that the other side finds distasteful, and now we seem to be at an impasse, close to Memorial Day recess, without a clear path to victory. So what is going to cause a breakthrough in this Congressional log jam? Nothing short of constant constituent pressure.  Can you make a call to your Congressional representatives?  Tell them that solar means energy security, and you’d like to see an extension of the solar tax credits attached to the next legislative vehicle that moves. Capitol switchboard is 202/224-3121.

Or, mail the Friedman op-ed to your representatives in Congress, asking them to find the energy to be serious about extending the solar ITC.  Take action here.

Last modified: May 2, 2008

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  1. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:

    Update: The 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit Did pass without a cap, and in effect as of January 1, 2009. Thank you, Congress.

    Still more work to do however, in the form of Cap and Trade legislation, which will make Solar even more affordable than it is now compared to other energy systems. Did I mention it will also help our environment and global warming? Yeah, it will do that too, but financially speaking, it will make solar payback that much faster that it is right now, especially in states without any rebates or incentives.

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