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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from Dioceses of the Episcopal Church

A Resolution to Support Legislation to Reduce Carbon Emissions

For the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, 2012


A Resolution to Support Legislation to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the General convention of The Episcopal Church supports the legislation now before the US House of Representatives Save Our Climate Act (2011 H.R. 3242 introduced by Representative Pete Stark (D-CA)). We urge all congressional representatives and senators to support this bill as we must take action to reduce our dependency upon oil, coal, natural gas and drastically lower the carbon emissions which cause climate change. Failure to act now jeopardizes our welfare and threatens to break the interconnectedness of our civil society. This bill uses a market approach to ease the transition of our economy from fossil-fuel dependence to clean, renewable energy (solar, wind, and emerging technologies). It places a gradually rising tax on carbon fuels. The IRS will pass the proceeds of this tax directly to the citizens in the form of a dividend check, thereby sheltering households from higher costs, but forcing oil, coal, and natural gas companies to relinquish the monopoly they have held over our economy. Investments in renewable energy will be stimulated. New green jobs will be created. The further exploitation of fossil fuels will be limited by their new higher cost.

Resolved, As the adoption of this act into law will make the United States an example of sound environmental policy to other countries, so the Episcopal Church will provide leadership on environmental issues. Individual churches will prioritize the conversion of their facilities to renewable energy (solar and geothermal) and embrace conservation as a moral, ethical, and theological issue.

Resolved, The Episcopal Church, on national and local levels, commits to helping those who suffer adverse effects because of severe storms and changing economic times.


Respectfully submitted by Monica Lewis of Richmond, Va

Note: This resolution is expected to be submitted from the floor of the House of Deputies.

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