37,000 American Jobs at Risk
WHAT: With a key wind energy tax credit set to expire at the end of the year, student activists will gather outside the office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to urge her to support extension of the tax credit in order to protect Texas jobs and the environment. An estimated 37,000 Americans employed by the wind industry could lose their jobs if Congress fails to act. Already, wind developer Vestas Energy has announced they’re closing their Houston office and laying off dozens of people over uncertainty about this tax credit.
Texas leads the nation in wind energy, which generated about 8.5% of the state’s electricity last year. In 2011, wind energy in Texas employed about 9,000 people, reduced pollution equal to that of 3 million cars and avoided use of 9.5 billion gallons of water.
WHO: Student activists with Environment Texas
WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 4:30 PM
WHERE: Sidewalk in front of lobby entrance of Senator Hutchison’s Houston office
1919 Smith Street
Downtown Houston, Texas
VISUALS: A group of students will hold signs urging Congress to renew the tax credit and will ask passersby to sign a petition