The Sierra Club is continuing its nationwide ad blitz to urge Congress to renew the production tax credit (PTC) by targeting nine more members of the House of Representatives with digital ads.
The environmental group says this latest push comes as Congress prepares to head home for August recess without extending the PTC. The effort, which includes substantial online and television ad buys, focuses on members of Congress with wind manufacturing jobs in their districts and states that the group says are now at risk.
"The House of Representatives may be going on recess, but they've been taking a break from protecting American jobs all year long," comments Dave Hamilton, director of clean energy for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. "Wind energy is bringing jobs and investments to communities all across the country while cutting air and water pollution, but these representatives are letting that all blow away by failing to act to renew the production tax credit."
The group says this second wave of targets includes nine more House members who have been silent as the PTC expired. Meanwhile, online ad buys are also continuing in 16 other districts previously targeted by the Sierra Club's ad blitz that began in June. Geo-targeted online ads in these 25 districts will run in August on local and national news sites.
In April, the Senate Finance Committee approved a package of extenders that included the wind PTC. Movement has since stalled in the Senate, and the House Ways and Means Committee did not include an extension of the incentive in a similar package in May.
The Sierra Club says it plans more ads as the group continues to pressure members of Congress to act on the PTC.