The Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit promote renewable-energy production and energy efficiency and are due to expire at the end of the year.
Joe Mendelson, Director of policy for the National Wildlife Federation’s Climate and Energy program, says 37-thousand jobs related to wind energy would disappear if the credits are not extended.
The wind industry currently provides approximately 75-thousand jobs nationwide. In a letter to Congress this week, 118 sportsmen and conservation groups encourage lawmakers to continue the tax credits.
They say investment and growth in clean energy and conservation are the best ways to fight climate change, sustain communities, create jobs and promote economic growth. Last year, Ohio ranked as the fastest-growing state for new wind-power installations.
Frank Szollosi is regional outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation and a sportsman from Ohio. He says hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts understand the value of conservation better than most. He says they are supportive of developing clean, renewable energy resources that are protective of fish and wildlife habitat.
A September poll released by the National Wildlife Federation found that 72 percent of hunters and anglers back renewable-energy solutions.