Wind has become a favorite target for politicians and conservative action groups looking to end energy subsidies. But industry leaders are hitting back, saying they’ll only consider dropping the production tax credit when oil and gas lose their tax benefits.

With the average price for U.S. wind contracts now at 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, many argue that the industry would remain competitive even without the PTC. In this episode, Tom Kiernan, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, joins us to explain why the industry is still fighting for its tax credit. He’ll also talk about other important indicators for the health of the sector.

Then, we take a look at the Ecomodernist manifesto, a new document from a group of academics, scientists and analysts outlining a human-based approach to environmentalism they call the “good Anthropocene.”

Finally, we turn to the devastation in Nepal and ask whether distributed renewables can play a more prominent role in disaster response.

This podcast is sponsored by ReneSola, a Tier 1solarcell and module manufacturer with a decade of experience in the cleantech industry. 

The Energy Gang is produced by Greentechmedia.com. The show features weekly discussions between energy futurist Jigar Shah, energy policy expert Katherine Hamilton and Greentech Media Editor Stephen Lacey.