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by Christina Hill Alvarez

We are at an intersection in our nation, and that intersection is the topic of climate change.  We must choose to strengthen our economy and our environment. We must find the will to politically organize against what is occurring in Congress. We are going to beat them, and we’re going to beat them by recruiting everyone, regardless of partisan affiliation. It does not matter if you are a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent. What matters is that our planet is seriously at risk, and the time to decide what we are going to do about it is now. We have reached a point where simply purchasing environmentally friendly products is not enough. We must find our voice as a nation again, and we must speak up. Congress’s inaction has caused thousands of people across the United States to lose their jobs. We have begun to put money and politics above the well being of our neighbors, which is truly unconscionable.

“What’s more, reasonable policies designed to make America more energy secure have been shunned by the Right under purely partisan rationale,” said Dave Cortez of  BlueGreen Apollo Alliance.

To quote Blake Farenthold, “Right now the wind power industry is getting a huge tax credit. That  is taxpayers’ money. I think they should be treated like anyone else.”

“These are the same men and women whom deny climate change and refuse to do what’s best for our economy,” Dave continued,  “Instead, they dole out billions in subsidies and tax breaks to big oil, coal, and natural gas developers.”

The Production Tax Credit is a key topic in the election this year. Politicians seem to be nonchalantly playing foosball with it while 2,299 Americans have lost their jobs in the wind industry due to Congressional inaction. According to Jeff Clark of the Wind Coalition, 67% of the wind components utilized in wind farms are manufactured here in the United States.  “The PTC is exactly what it says it is. It is not a giveaway, you cannot use the credit if you do not have income to credit against. This is a credit for economic development and performance. It pays for performance. We stand to lose about 37,000 jobs if we don’t extend the PTC. We risk losing jobs and technology. Wind development will not stop but it will slow down and increase in other areas of the world. We risk losing the markets where wind energy is making a big difference.”

If the PTC is not renewed and incentivized we stand to lose a plethora of opportunities, as well as our grid stability. Jeff Neves of American Shoreline Inc, “It’s scary what our back up power reserve is currently and what it is for the future. We’re at a 14% margin right now but it will reach -.8% by 2022. We are a growing state…we need more power…we’re getting to a point where we’re going to use up our power and begin seeing the rolling blackouts that other people experience in other states.”

We as Texans must apply pressure in the place that matters, and that place is on the desks of our Congressmen Blake Farenthold and Francisco “Quico” Canseco. You can comment on their Facebook page, tweet to them, call their offices, or send them good old fashioned “snail mail”.

Blake Farenthold

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlakeFarenthold

Twitter: https://twitter.com/farenthold

Phone- Corpus Christi, Texas: (361) 884-2222

Phone- Brownsville, Texas: : (956) 544-8800

Phone- Washington D.C.: (202) 225-7742

101 North Shoreline Drive

Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Francisco “Quico” Canseco

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RepCanseco

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RepCanseco

Phone- Washington D.C: (202) 225-4511

Phone – South San Antonio, Texas: (210) 922-7826

Phone – North San Antonio, Texas: (210) 561-8855

Phone – Del Rio, Texas: (830) 774-7257

Phone – Fort Stockton, Texas: (432) 336-8314

Phone – Eagle Pass, Texas: Phone: (830) 758-0398

1339 Longworth HOB,

Washington, District of Columbia 20515

Sample Script:

“I’m calling in support of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). Id like to urge representative ________ to support it and urge speaker Boehner to bring it to the floor.”

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