White House official: Corporate tax reform should boost green energy

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president MORE (D-Mont.) are both advocates for reforming the corporate and individual tax codes.

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Deese, who noted that President Obama wants to see corporate tax reform, did not lay out specific proposals.

But he noted that Obama had been “adamant” that the recent year-end compromise over tax rates include an extension of the production tax credit for wind energy projects, which it ultimately did.

Decisions that affect clean energy should not be "overlooked" in fiscal policy debates, Deese said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Deese talked up a stimulus-law program that provided $2.3 billion worth of tax credits for domestic projects to manufacture green energy-related components.

The White House has in recent years called on Congress to make a new round of credits available.

The White House has also for years been pushing, unsuccessfully, for the repeal of billions of dollars' worth of fossil fuel industry tax incentives.

Bernie Becker contributed.