Tuesday, voters went to the polls and once again chose the Obama-Biden ticket to lead the country for the next four years. Election results for both the Senate at the House of Representatives maintained the same balance of power as before the election with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives. As Americans and our leaders put the campaign season behind them, it’s important that the President and Congress come together to renew our commitment to putting the economy back on track.
The re-election of President Obama and Vice President Biden is an affirmation of the role of government in charting America’s clean economy future. The voters have said, “Yes,” to the President’s clean energy strategy. And they have also said “Yes” to his support for a modern, fuel efficient auto industry and strong investments in America’s workers.
After thirty-two consecutive months of private sector job growth, the President has a proven track record of putting Americans back to work, but we can’t let up on the economic policies that will continue to build our clean energy future and fuel the economic recovery for years to come.
Congress should now work with this Administration to pass the balance of the President’s jobs plan. Among the top priorities are renewing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Advanced Energy Project Credit (48C) and approving the Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind projects. These measures will immediately create more jobs and stop the layoffs in the wind energy industry. Beyond these must-do items, we must look to investments that we should have already made in transportation, cleaner water, recycling and infrastructure.
Congress must also join with the President in averting the impending deep cuts in discretionary spending that will hinder our ability to innovate and sustain long-term growth. We cannot cut our way to prosperity.
This election has concluded in the wake of Hurricane Sandy-- a tragic reminder that we must do more to address climate change. We strongly encourage the President to seize this moment to lead the American people in a national effort to reduce our carbon emissions while creating millions of new clean economy jobs.
The American people have shown that once again, they want to build on the progress we’ve already made together. Let’s get to work!