In recent days, you may have read that the congressional democratic leadership has backed away from renewable energy by dropping from the current energy bill the renewable portfolio standard (RPS)Â and tax incentives for solar and wind energy. At a time when renewable energy industries are gaining momentum, this is exactly the wrong time to delete the RPS and tax incentives.
While renewable energy groups and individuals supportive of renewables have contacted Reid's and Pelosi's offices in large numbers, the actual outcome of the energy bill is still uncertain. The issue is said to be not one of democrats' support for renewable energy, but (as usual) whether democrats have to votes to override a veto. The Bush administration reportedly will support a more modest RPS and a lower fuel efficiency standard, but will not support tax incentives if those incentives are redistributed from the fossil fuels.
Renewable energy advocates feel that the democratic leadership should not be caving in on this issue, given that there are a large number of republicans in favor of renewables as well. So far, the outcome of the final bill is uncertain, but by simply trying to get anything passed, the democrats once again appear to be spineless before a president, who enjoys a 25% approval rating. You'd think they'd have learned better by now.
If you want to call your senators/representatives about supporting the renewable portfolio standard and tax incentives for renewable energy, this link will assist you: