Letter: Senators must support clean energy incentives
The Nov. 25 article “Climate change skeptics take aim at state energy mandates” (Sunday Monitor front page) highlighted the importance of continuing state support for renewable energy. Those who deny climate change will put New Hampshire behind the rest of the country, as other states embrace clean energy and create millions of green jobs. New Hampshire is dependent on fossil fuels such as coal and oil, which are not environmentally friendly or a solution to the economy.
The Heartland Institute is concerned with cost of renewable energy in comparison to fossil fuels. However, this ignores the fact that 30,000 Granite Staters currently rely on wind power to run their homes. The support of so many residents shows the affordability of renewable energies. Further, the costs of renewable energy are greatly reduced through tax credits. However, these are due to expire at the end of the year.
I urge Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte to support clean energy incentives, such the renewal of the production tax credit and the investment tax credit. These tax credits will support New Hampshire as it looks forward to a cleaner future.
(The writer is an intern at Environment New Hampshire.)