Keeping the ball moving on climate change
Even though climate change legislation has been relegated to the side stage for the moment, the issue is still receiving some political attention. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the 2011 federal budget holds some promising measures:
Mr. Obama’s budget calls for $39 billion in tax increases on fossil-fuel producers over 10 years. It also includes an estimated $1.4 billion to help developing countries address the impacts of climate change, reduce deforestation and shift to low-carbon energy sources. And it proposes tripling federal support for nuclear energy, by adding $36 billion in new loan authority for an Energy Department program aimed at speeding the construction of new reactors. (emphasis added)
Although the challenge of equipping people who are already feeling the effects of climate change requires greater investment than this, it’s encouraging to see that it hasn’t fallen off the radar, even as legislation stalls. The thousands of Faithful America members who joined the DaySix campaign are watching closely, as are countless other people of faith across the country and around the world.