The Pew Charitable Trusts helps you tell Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit (or PTC) for wind energy. Unlike the tax credits for oil, natural gas, and nuclear power -- which are permanent, for no good reason other than that those industries bought them from our Congressfolk -- the wind power tax credit actually does create jobs, actually does create more power, and actually does create energy independence in America. And, maybe because it actually does good, we need to renew it every year -- after all, why would we want wind power operations to be able to plan their future expenditures? But I have hope. Do you remember when that dirty energy spokeshack talked of making it "toxic" for the House Speaker to renew the wind power tax credit? How did that work out? Here's how: the PTC not only got renewed with the fiscal cliff deal in early January, but companies got to take a tax credit for construction, not just producing energy. In other words, it worked about as well as it should have for someone trying to make wind power a "toxic" issue.
Meanwhile, Sum of Us helps you tell the FCC to prevent big telecoms from gouging prisoners for phone calls. Now if you're one of those folks who responds to such an idea with who cares? They're prisoners!, then I want you to navigate away from this page. Seriously, if that's what you think, I can't help you. Prisoners already have their freedom taken away for the crimes they've committed, and I'm not a fan of politicians heaping extra punishments upon them (like taking away their right to vote when they get out, for example) just so said politicians can appear to have the biggest testicles in the room. And when we let the big telecoms charge up to a dollar a minute for a prisoner to talk to their loved ones, we're heaping extra punishments upon them. The FCC did cap interstate phone rates for prisoners last year, but they didn't cap in-state phone rates. With enough public pressure, they can do that. Their alternatives are few: they can they pretend to be tough-on-crime in front of a populace that's had enough of that -- or they can look like they're cowtowing to big corporate greed.
Finally, today is the final day to tell the USDA to reject the genetically-modified Arctic Apple -- genetically modified, as you may know, not to pump out more seeds so it can make more apples, not to withstand colder or warmer temperatures, not to keep up with the changing apple market, not, even, to withstand some evil corporate pesticide, but merely not to turn brown when exposed to the air. Some indeterminate part of the population allegedly finds that ugly, hence this apple, which will not be able to alert you when it's beginning to spoil and which will very likely contaminate non-GMO and organic apples all over America. Did we not speak, earlier this morning, about the "fostering of endless desires"? The "desire" to see an apple retain its color when air hits it is one of those -- must we risk contaminating all organic apples so that some folks won't have their beautiful minds violated by the sight of a browning apple? The Organic Consumers Association helps you tell the USDA to reject apples that don't turn brown.