Should the US government incentivize renewable energy via tax credits?
The Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act extends tax credits for clean energy, like solar and wind, for carbon capture technology, and for other means of transitioning the United States' economy green. H.R. 848 builds upon benefits that were temporarily granted to renewable energy by the stimulus package in December 2020. Sponsor: Rep. Mike Thompson (Democrat, California, District 5) View full bill text ➔
How do you feel?
• "There is no doubt that overly generous tax credits have enabled wind and solar power to grow. However, this growth has pushed out other electricity sources, especially coal, that are superior in many ways to wind and solar, but do not receive huge tax breaks… These tax credits were intended to be temporary, but Congress keeps extending them… Enough is enough." Source: Chris Hamilton WV Coal Association
• "Clean energy tax incentives are one of the best policy options in America’s toolbox when it comes to advancing clean energy and bringing about cleaner air, cleaner water, and a more stable climate. Tax credits have driven progress across the spectrum of clean energy technologies for more than a decade, so reinvesting in this tried-and-true mechanism just makes sense." Source: Ben Sonnega Spokesperson for Environment America