Subject: Solar Action Newtwork Alert from ASES regarding the
NATIONAL ENERGY BILL
Solar Action Network Alert
Senate and House of Representatives have each passed a version of a 2006
national energy bill. The Senate version is significantly more favorable
to solar energy technology than the House version. NEITHER, however, can
be said to be much more than a repeat of the 2005 proposed legislation.
ASES opposed the 2005 legislation because it did little to lead the nation on a
substantive path to a sustainable energy economy. The same may be said for
the current legislation.
For ASES members and the sustainable energy
sector the most important provision of the Senate proposed legislation is a 30
percent tax credit for solar energy. The House version of the bill does
not contain this provision.
ASES commends the Senate for its inclusion of
the solar tax credits, but once again finds itself unable to support the overall
legislation. The emphasis of Congress on fossil and nuclear fuels and its
unwillingness to support such measures as higher automotive fuel efficiencies
cannot be ignored. Whether one considers the impact on the economy of rising
petroleum prices, the influence of fossil fuels on the environment and foreign
policy or the threat posed by storing nuclear waste, the conclusion is the
same. The current energy policy of the United States is unsustainable in
either the long or short-runs.
The leadership of ASES believes that both
versions of the proposed 2006 legislation do more to perpetuate an unsustainable
status quo than to lead the nation towards an appropriate and supportable energy
Although opposed to the larger legislative proposals, ASES
members should not be inattentive to the more positive provisions of the Senate
version. The ASES Board and Policy Committee, therefore, recommend the
following when writing Senators and Representatives.
- The primary message of any communication is that the
nation needs a bold, dynamic and sustainable energy policy - a policy that
supports and encourages the development and commercialization of sustainable
energy sources like solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and renewable hydrogen in
the near to mid-terms.
- Neither the Senate nor the House version
of the 2006 energy legislation now before the Congressional conference committee
accomplishes this and more must be done.
- Encourage the conferees
to adopt the more favorable sustainable energy provisions of the Senate version,
i.e. the 30 percent solar tax credit, and to include language in the Conference
report that lays the groundwork for more proactive policies and programs in
support of sustainable energy sources.
Telephone the local office of your member of congress and share your views on
the energy bill and express support for the Senate version in particular its
2. Use the themes attached as a template and
email or fax a letter to your Representative and Senators.
and Renewable Energy Access have set up an easy-to-use webpage that will let you
fax your Senators and Congressman so that your voice can be heard.
Please click on the attached link and fill out the form