Thursday, November 1, 2007

Churches Weigh in on Cap-and-Trade

Okay folks. Let your opinion be known. I want to hear from the Buddhists, Jains, Shintoists, Muslims, Hindus, Wiccans, Pagans, Atheists and Druids (Orthodox and Reform).
Then it's on to the Credit for Early Action scam.

Here's The National Religious Partnership for the Environment:

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Evangelical Environmental Network
National Council of Churches
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life

From: A Religious Agenda on Poverty and Global Climate Change

Goal #1: Congress should make protecting America’s low-income and working families a central priority of any climate change legislation

The Idea:
Set aside 30 percent of revenues raised from climate legislation to help minimize the environmental consequences of climate change and economic burdens of climate change policies on disadvantaged Americans

The Details:
Make revenues reserved for climate fairness programs immune from Congress’ annual appropriations process.
Guarantee that funding for climate fairness programs will be in addition to and not in lieu of existing appropriations for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and similar programs targeted at low-income families and displaced workers.
Ensure the transparency and accountability of climate fairness funding through an annual review mandated by Congress.

It's not quite cap-and-auction with a per-capita rebate, but it's pointing in the right direction.