It would appear from the emerging tax legislation, as I showed in this video not too long ago,  – that even a congress hostile to science and generally in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry cannot block the momentum of the renewable revolution,  – although they can keep the US from leading it, and slow it down enough to cause enormous suffering and damages.

Too much progress and investment in the Red States of America’s heartland means that key legislators want to keep the jobs and revenue from renewable manufacturing and installation growing.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. renewable energy industry expressed relief after a compromise Republican tax bill released late on Friday preserved key tax credits that had been at risk of being removed, but it raised concerns about a provision that may threaten investment in the sector.

The final tax bill retains the production and investment tax credits for wind and solar energy that have spurred investment in the fast-growth industries. It also eliminates the alternative minimum tax, which would have reduced the value of those credits.

The bill includes the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax, which was intended to prevent multinational companies from abusing the tax code but has worried the renewable energy industry because it would limit the ability to claim a portion of production or investment credits.

The conference bill made changes to a more severe Senate proposal by allowing the credits to offset up to 80 percent of the BEAT tax, but renewable energy industry representatives said they were uncertain how the marketplace would react.

The original Senate version could have chilled investment by international companies like Vestas Wind Systems A/S, and banks in the renewable energy sector, industry experts said.

“We are grateful for the elimination of provisions that would have decimated future renewable energy growth and even penalized past investment in wind and solar power, but we remain concerned about the potential impacts of the new BEAT (tax) on renewable energy finance,” said American Council on Renewable Energy President Gregory Wetstone.

Solar industry group SEIA called the tax bill a “great victory” for the sector and its 260,000 workers.

Advanced Energy Economy, a lobby group for clean energy, said it was relieved that the bill retained the tax credits but called it a “missed opportunity” to bolster other technologies, such as fuel cells, energy storage, combined heat and power, geothermal, nuclear, and distributed wind power.


“House and Senate negotiators have agreed to spare the electric-vehicle tax credit and wind production tax credit in their compromise package, according to a Republican familiar with the process,” Bloomberg reported a couple of days ago. Considering how bill revisions go in general — but especially this smorgasbord of a mess, which has been dramatically hidden from the public and sprinted toward the doors — I wasn’t ready to count on anything until the deal is done and the ink is dry. However, there does seem to be a solid expectation that these cleantech tax credits will be retained.

Seconds ago, the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) put out the following statement, so I think it’s safe to presume those earlier rumors were correct:

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I like this acoustic version.

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Someone thought putting out a cluelessly tasteless, unfunny victory lap video for the FCC Commissioner that just approved killing the internet as we know it, would be a great idea.
Trump needs to be impeached for this video alone.
Currently at 172k thumbs down, feel free to add yours.

“Freedom”, for republicans, is the unfettered ability of giant corporations and the rich to bulldoze over anyone less powerful.

BBC, below, has informative explanation.

Colbert: RIP Internet

December 16, 2017

The 12 Days of Trump’s Mess

December 16, 2017

It continues.

The Hill:

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke brought the leader of a California park to his office last month to reprimand him for climate change-related tweetsthe park had sent via Twitter, two sources close to the situation said.

Zinke did not take any formal disciplinary action against David Smith, superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. And the tweets at issue weren’t deleted, because they didn’t violate National Park Service or Interior Department policies.

But Zinke made it clear to Smith that the Trump administration doesn’t want national parks to put out official communications on climate change.

And by bringing Smith from California to Washington, D.C., to deliver the tongue-lashing, he also sent a message to the park service at large.

One source said Smith “got a trip to the woodshed” and described his one-on-one meeting with Zinke as “highly unusual.”

Another source said Zinke expressed concern with the tweets during the meeting, and told Smith “no more climate tweets.”

Other sources with knowledge of the meeting confirmed that Zinke wanted to stop tweets about climate change.

The Park Service didn’t respond to various questions about the situation, including requests to confirm the Zinke-Smith meeting and to identify who sent the tweets at issue.

“Many of our 417 National Park sites have a social media presence and content is generally determined at a local level,” Park Service spokesman Jeremy Barnum said in a statement.

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