opinion: Extending environmental tax credits necessary to ensure clean future
In Michigan, we know that we use more energy than we need, and that our current energy mix, dominated by fossil fuels, is not sustainable and threatens our environment and health.
The good news is that there’s no shortage of clean energy in Michigan, surrounding by some of the worlds largest lakes, we have the resources and the technology to harness it right now. In Michigan, we are on our way to getting 10 percent of our energy from clean sources. We cannot remain complacent with this. Thirty-one other states currently receive more clean energy than us, many of these states are much less ideal for clean energy than we are due to their geography. Now is the time to build on our progress and set a path forward, but critical clean energy tax credits will expire at the end of this year unless Congress acts. Senator Debbie Stabenow has been a champ for clean energy for years. We need her to make her voice known in Washington, urging other senators to pass these two bills.
Extending the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and the offshore wind investment tax credit (ITC) as soon as possible to ensure a cleaner, healthier future for Michiganders. I encourage you all to write letters and speak up to Senator Stabenow, reminding her of the importance of these tax credits to the state. Ben Lerner