Right now, a bill to protect tens of thousands of American jobs in the growing wind industry isn't going anywhere, because Speaker of the House John Boehner -- who sets the calendar for the House of Representatives -- doesn't want to schedule it for an up-or-down vote.
The wind industry employs 75,000 Americans in manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. These are good-paying jobs for skilled workers, and they're helping the country move beyond the wasteful and outdated energy technologies of the 19th century.
And they're disappearing while Boehner delays action. What's he waiting for?
Under fierce pressure from the obstructionist Tea Party to let the wind industry wither and die, Boehner and the House leaders are playing a game of chicken with the economy and with thousands of Americans' livelihoods. Congress will keep heading toward disaster until we've put as much pressure on Boehner as the Tea Party has.
The Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind will expire at the end of 2012, taking tens of thousands of American jobs with it. Congress must act now to renew the PTC and protect these good-paying jobs in a vital, forward-looking industry.
Thousands of jobs in states like Arkansas, North Dakota, Iowa, and Oregon have already been lost due to uncertainty about the fate of the PTC. We need Congress to extend the PTC this year so we can keep American workers employed and continue to develop clean and renewable domestic energy sources.
I am writing to urge you to take immediate action to renew the PTC. Regardless of the politics of the moment, job creation is a critical issue that Congress must address with speed and certainty. Please make renewing the PTC a top priority.