Clean, renewable energy like wind power is an important part of our state — creating pollution-free energy and jobs for New Yorkers. However, a critical tax credit for wind power will expire at the end of this year, putting our environment and clean energy economy at risk.
Thankfully, President Obama has called on Congress to extend this tax credit this summer in order to build a cleaner, healthier future for Americans and grow local economies across the country. On Thursday, May 24, the president is visiting a wind turbine blade factory in Newton, Iowa that employs more than 700 workers, thanks in large part to this tax credit. If the credit is not extended, job-creating clean energy businesses like this one will be less common. Congress, led by our U.S. Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, should move quickly to extend the production tax credit and check this legislative priority off of President Obama’s to-do list for the sake of our environment, our health, and our economy.