Recently, the enormously influential Pope Francis made a strong call for climate action, going so far as to say “To till too much, to keep too little, is to sin.” For Roman Catholics, the Pope’s words have a profound impact. For Climate Hawks, this question can be re-phrased to ask about the best way to distribute revenue from a carbon pricing system like California’s cap and trade or New England’s RGGI or even a carbon tax. Is it better to promote electric cars for those who can afford them, or to provide mass transit and energy efficient homes to the poor? Easy questions with hard answers, but we discuss. Listen in.
The reading list:
- The Guardian on the Pope's remarks
- The LA Times on the fight to direct climate money to the poor
- RGGI report on low income residential efficiency effort
- Is "Fee and Dividend" a fair path?
- Lawrence O'Donnell on the Dakota Pipeline
- WSJ on Dakota pipeline arrests
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Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.
Thanks for listening.