Washington, D.C. (September 23) -- Today, the U.S. Senate is expected to pass the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 that will extend federal tax incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that have expired or will expire at the end of this year.
Karen Wayland, Legislative Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:
“We are encouraged that the Senate is taking action to promote the creation of clean energy solutions that our country urgently needs, but it’s too bad they are tossing some of dirty fuels into the mix. This bill will spur increased energy efficiency and the production of renewable energy technologies, which are keys for creating new jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
“Unfortunately, the bill also supports increased subsidies for dirty fuels— like oil shale, tar sands and liquid coal— that can cause twice the global warming pollution as conventional oil. As the bill moves to the House, we ask Representatives to strip away the dirty energy provisions that won’t help people at the pump and won’t move America to a new clean energy future.”