As Pruitt Calls for End of Incentives, Trump Intensifies 'War Against Wind and Solar'
In addition to being slammed by green groups for the climate-killing rollback of the Clean Power Plan, EPA chief Scott Pruitt on Monday stirred a second wave of criticism when he said that government subsidies for wind and solar power should be taken away by Congress.
“I would do away with these incentives that we give to wind and solar,” Pruitt said at an event in Kentucky, referring to tax credits for wind and solar solar—the nation’s most promising sources of renewable energy.
Without acknowledging the billions of taxpayer dollars awarded to the oil and gas industry every year in the form of subsidies and tax incentives, Pruitt said that he would let wind and solar “stand on their own and compete against coal and natural gas and other sources, and let utilities make real-time market decisions on those types of things as opposed to being propped up by tax incentives and other types of credits that occur, both in the federal level and state level.”
In the wake of the comments, many pointed out that such a move—in addition to doing the exact opposite of what the world’s scientists say is necessary—would decimate jobs across the nation’s wind and solar industries:
Pruitt acknowledged that cuts to renewable energy would not come from the EPA, but he called on the Republicans who now control Congress to do so.
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