Our Kids Matter

  • December 07,2012, 12:12 PM

    Extend the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

    As Christians, we believe that investing in clean, renewable energy fulfills our call to be good stewards of God's creation and to provide for generations yet unborn. It is also an opportunity to show love for our neighbors by reducing their exposure topollution, pollution that impacts our kids and the unborn.

    Extending the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) is more than just good policy for clean energy,providing a clean future for our kids, and continuing to protect the unborn from toxin exposure. It aligns with our values. We expect our leaders to express these values as well and to extend the PTC, which is set to expire at the end of this year, during the Congressional lame duck session. We encourage you to sign our petition to Congress today, urging them to extend the PTC. Please be sure to add a personal note about your support for renewable energy. Click here to look up who your member is and here to look up your Senator.

    Thank you.

  • Our Kids Matter

    December 07,2012, 12:17 PM

    Nearly one in six people in the United States live in an area with unhealthful short-term levels of particle pollution. And over 5.7 million people in the United States live in six counties with unhealthful levels of all three: ozone and short-term and year-round particle pollution. [1] While we've made progress in protecting our kids from toxic pollution, more needs to be done. Every parent knows you can't put a price on the health of our kids.

    Wind power is a step in the right direction when it comes to energy and pollution. Wind turbines do not emit pollutants like mercury, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, etc. These pollutants are known to be harmful to human health, especially to the unborn (mercury) and small children whose immune systems are still developing.

    EEN is urging that we extend the Wind Production Tax Credit for the sake of future generations and the impact of existing pollution on kids and the unborn.

    Wind is a big part of the solution. Over 35% of new energy generation over the last five years has come from wind power. Thishelped displace over 15,000 short tons of nitrogen oxide emissions and 113,000,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide emissions in 2011 alone. [2] That made our air that much cleaner and our kids that much safer. Renewing the PTC means Wind Energy will keep reducing pollution. Based current electric generating needs, Wind Energy would eliminate an additional 108,000 tons of NOx and 79,000 tons of acid rain forming SO2 by 2016.[3]

    Wind Energy makes sense--dollars and cents. Currently society pays an average of $0.1784 per kWh for the external costs in producing electricity from coal [4] with a significant portion attributed to direct health care from fossil fuel pollution. The $0.022 Production Tax Credit provides a serious health return on investment for our children.

    Wind Energy's impact is just beginning. The short term potential to power up to 30% of our energy needs from wind is very real. [5] We need to extend the Production Tax Credit and level the playing field when it comes to energy. From 2002 - 2008, the total renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal) market received $12.2 billion dollars in federal subsidies and tax credits. During the same period the fossil fuel industry benefited from a minimum of $70.2 billion in federal breaks. [6]

    Wind Energy protects our children's health, helps our economy with clean, reliable energy, and provides over 75,000 jobs in the United States and approximately 3,500 high paying positions in Pennsylvania.

    The tax credit expires on December 31, 2012. We urge you to join us and invest in the future, a future where clean air and clean water aren't up for grabs.

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    [1] American Lung Association State of the Air Report 2012 http://www.stateoftheair.org/2012/assets/state-of-the-air2012.pdf

    [2] Navigant Consulting, "Impact of the Production Tax Credit on the U.S. Wind Market," December 2011.

    [3] Ibid

    [4] Paul R. Epstein, Jonathan J. Buonocore, Kevin Eckerle, Michael Hendryx,Benjamin M. Stout III, Richard

    [5] Heinberg, Richard W. Clapp, Beverly May, Nancy L.Reinhart, Melissa M. Ahern, Samir K. Doshi, and Leslie Glustrom. 2011.Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal in "Ecological Economics Reviews." Robert Costanza, Karin Limburg & Ida Kubiszewski, Eds. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.1219:73-98

    [6] Ryan Wiser and Mark Bolinger, U.S. Department of Energy, 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, August 2012

    [7] Environmental Law Institute, "Estimating U.S.Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008", September 2009

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