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Coalition of Over 30 Groups Urge Congress Not to Attach Renewable Energy Tax Extenders to FAA Reauthorization

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Dear Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden: 

On behalf of our organizations and the millions of Americans we represent, we write to express our strong opposition to extending expiring renewable energy provisions on upcoming legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  

Congress considered the matter of expiring tax provisions less than 4 months ago. The $680 billion package signed into law in December made some of these items permanent and allowed more than two dozen others to expire at the end of this past year, laying the groundwork for comprehensive tax reform. The $1.4 billion in expiring tax provisions currently under consideration — pertaining to wind power, geothermal heat pumps, fuel cell facilities and combined heat and power (CHP) properties — are a distortion of the tax laws for special interests in the renewable energy industry and were wisely left out of this package. 

It should also be noted that Congress extended significantly favorable tax treatment to renewable energy in omnibus appropriation legislation that accompanied the aforementioned tax extender package. This bill included 5-year extensions of the main federal provisions for renewables, the wind production tax credit (PTC) and the solar investment tax credit (ITC), at a cost of $23.8 billion over the next decade.  

Government subsidies, loans, mandates, and tax policies regarding renewables have consistently failed to deliver on their promises of long-term job creation and economic viability. Americans deserve access to energy solutions that are affordable and reliable—ones that should be able to stand on their own in the marketplace. 

We encourage you to oppose efforts to use unrelated legislation as a vehicle to extend expiring tax provisions for renewable energy. Thank you for your consideration. 

Sincerely,

Brent Gardner, Vice President of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity
 
Amy Noone Frederick, President
60 Plus Association
 
Phil Kerpen, President
American Commitment
 
Dan Schneider, Executive Director
Matt Schlapp, Chairman
American Conservative Union
 
George David Banks, Executive Vice President
American Council for Capital Formation
 
Sean Noble, President
American Encore
 
Tom Pyle, President
American Energy Alliance
 
Coley Jackson, President
Americans for Competitive Enterprise
 
Peter J. Thomas, Chairman
Americans for Constitutional Liberty
 
Richard Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government
 
Grover Norquist, President
Americans for Tax Reform
 
Marita Noon, Executive Director
Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE)
 
Tom Brinkman Jr., Chairman
Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)
 
Myron Ebell, Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
 
Dan Caldwell, Vice President for Political and Legislative Action
Concerned Veterans for America
 
Tom Schatz, President
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
 
Craig Richardson, Executive Director
Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal)
 
Marita Noon, Executive Director
Energy Makes America Great
 
Dick Ribbentrop, Senior Vice President, Policy
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce
 
Wayne T. Brough, Ph.D., Chief Economist and VP for Research
FreedomWorks
 
George Landrith, President
Frontiers of Freedom
 
Andrew Clark, President
Generation Opportunity
 
Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
 
Andrew Langer, President
Institute for Liberty
 
Seton Motley, President
Less Government
 
Daniel Garza, Executive Director
The LIBRE Initiative
 
Dee Hodges, President
Maryland Taxpayers Association
 
Harry C. Alford, President/CEO
National Black Chamber of Commerce
 
Amy Ridenour, Chairman
National Center for Public Policy Research
 
Willes K. Lee, President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
 
Pete Sepp, President
National Taxpayers Union
 
David Williams, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
 
Judson Phillips, Founder
Tea Party Nation
 
Brooke Rollins, President
Texas Public Policy Foundation