Sunday, May 4, 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.

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