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If you worry about the impact of climate mitgation on the poor

By Joe Romm

"If you worry about the impact of climate mitgation on the poor"

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You’ll be glad to know The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has launched a major climate program whose goals are to ensure that:

  • the increased energy prices that are an essential part of climate-change legislation do not drive more households into poverty or make poor households poorer; and
  • climate-change legislation generates sufficient revenue both to protect low-income households and to address other needs related to the fight against global warming, so that it does not increase the deficit.

CBPP is a great group. But they need to understand that a central strategy for fighting the impact of higher energy prices on low-income consumers is an aggressive energy efficiency strategy to keep overall bills from rising, which I don’t see in their work so far.

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3 Responses to If you worry about the impact of climate mitgation on the poor

  1. Earl Killian says:

    Joe makes a critical observation. We want the price of energy to rise, but keep energy outlays by consumers roughly the same through the use of efficiency. Higher energy prices motivate yet more efficiency and also make renewable energy cost-competitive. This is the situation in California and a few other states. Electricity prices are higher, but energy use per capita is as much as 44% lower, so the electric bill remains about the same as for consumers in the rest of the U.S. Few people appreciate how much energy efficiency opportunities are there, and yet the California experiment shows that they are perfectly feasible without affecting our standard of living.

  2. Ron says:

    I’m off-topic in this thread, as usual maybe, but just wondering: Can anybody shed some light for me on the fact that John Christy disagrees so much with Al Gore? Who should we Believe?

  3. Ron says:

    Well, we can talk about Dr. Christy later. I should comment on the CBPP’s major climate program while I’m here.

    To be blunter than usual, I’d say they just pulled those figures out of their asses. They are meaningless.

    Who is paying for this study anyway?