FRIDAY 12/15/17

THE TAX BILL IS HORRIBLE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Congress should be providing leadership in growing the clean energy industry that is powering small business and job growth nationwide. Instead the proposed tax bill will make renewables more expensive, and give large tax cuts (almost half) for big oil and gas companies.

Lower corporate tax rates will threaten the supply of tax equity, a type of financing that often accounts for half the cost or more of wind and solar projects. In these deals, renewable-energy developers sell portions of their projects’ tax credits to corporations — often banks and some insurance companies — that can apply the credits to their own tax bills. Lower tax rates for businesses would mean they need fewer write-offs.

This bill includes a provision to open up a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling for the first time. By making oil and gas drilling a primary purpose of the wildlife refuge and mandating an 800,000-acre oil and gas program, this bill undermines the environmental and wildlife protection that typically apply to oil and gas development on federal lands.

Info:

http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/12/11/tax-bill-renewable-energy-frederick-hewett

 

Script:

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent from zip code _____. I’m calling because I’m deeply concerned about the environmental impacts of the tax bill. Congress should be providing leadership in growing the clean energy industry that is powering small business and job growth nationwide. This bill takes us in the wrong direction by eliminating tax incentives for electric cars and renewable energy, opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and giving oil and gas companies a tax windfall. I strongly urge Senator/Representative ________ to vote against the final version of this bill.

(If you speak to a staffer) - Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator/Representative decides to do. Thank you.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied] 

 

Senator Richard Burr

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154

Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

 

Senator Thom Tillis

Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342 

High Point: (336) 885-0685

 

HOUSE:

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211

Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

 

Rep. Ted Budd

Advance, NC (336) 998-1313

Washington, DC (202-225-4531

 

Rep. Mark Walker

Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005

Washington, DC (202) 225-3065