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Udall Calls Letting Wind PTC Lapse "Irresponsible'


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Mark Udall said today that any suggestion that the United States should let the wind Production Tax Credit lapse at the end of the year would be "irresponsible" and relinquish the country's status as a global leader in energy innovation.

"Great states like Colorado make things. Great countries like the United States make their own energy," Udall said. "Letting the wind PTC lapse would be irresponsible. The PTC is the basis for good-paying, renewable energy jobs here at home. Not renewing the PTC would effectively out-source these jobs to China and our competitors abroad. We need to reauthorize the PTC ASAP. I reject the idea that we should give up on this critical component of our energy independence and American manufacturing, which supports thousands of middle-class families."

Udall has made passing the wind Production Tax Credit one of his top priorities this year. Last weekend Udall visited with workers at the Vestas Towers Manufacturing Plant in Pueblo. He also has been giving regular speeches to the Senate on how the wind Production Tax Credit has benefited Colorado and every other state.

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