A Billion Acts of Green: Support Renewable Energy
It’s time for a new Billion Acts of Green action! This month we are asking you to support the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit by sending a letter to your Senators. Renewable energy in America is booming right now, thanks in large part to the Renewable Energy PTC. By 2015, America will produce enough renewable energy to power 17 million homes and replace 58 coal-fired power plants. This renewable energy surge is good for all of us—it creates jobs, keeps our air clean, and helps mitigate the effects of climate change.
Unfortunately, the Renewable Energy PTC is under threat. It’s set to expire at the end of this year. That’s why we’re encouraging our followers to tell their Senators to renew the Renewable Energy PTC. Letting the PTC expire would be a huge blow to renewables in America. We can’t afford to let this happen.
As it stands, our Earth’s climate is changing. Our dependence on greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels is the primary cause. In order to avoid global temperature rises and the potential catastrophic effects on humans and natural resources we must shift away from carbon and encourage the use of clean, renewable energy sources such as wind energy. That’s why the PTC is so important.
The Production Tax Credit (PTC) gives a 2.2 cent tax credit for every kilowatt of wind energy produced in the first decade of operation. Many have attributed the explosive growth of renewables, particularly wind, to the PTC.
Of course, we are up against enormous oil and gas lobbyists who are fighting vigorously to create a political stalemate on the issue. Make your voice heard!
By pledging to support renewable energy, you will join the world's largest environmental service campaign: A Billion Acts of Green. Over a billion pledges have already been made. Last month, we urged our followers to stop using disposable plastics. Nearly 3,000 people made the pledge. Let's keep the momentum going!