Starbucks, J&J, Yahoo! fight to extend wind energy tax credit

Nineteen companies including Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's, Johnson & Johnson and Levi Strauss have sent a letter to Congress requesting that it extend the wind production tax credit (PTC) before it expires at the end of 2012.

They also plan to escalate contact with lawmakers over the coming weeks.

The companies seek to counterbalance the letter sent by 64 conservative groups last week which argues for Congress to let the PTC expire.

Progressive businesses believe in the benefits of clean energy, Amy Hargroves, Sprint's manager of corporate responsibility, told The Hill. "From my perspective, there's been a greater organized effort against supporting this, so they've been far more vocal," she says. "We need our voices to be heard. We think it's important to have more green energy choices in the U.S."

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