by Erin Stojan Ruccolo, program coordinator, Fresh Energy
As consideration of the finer mechanics of a regional cap and trade program are underway through the Midwestern Governor’s Association, a recently released report by Redefining Progress and Environmental Justice and Climate Change Intiative, outlines the elements of equitable climate policy.
The paper, “A Climate of Change,” (report | executive summary) is a thorough analysis of the contributions to and effects of global warming among African Americans and the impact of various climate policy mechanisms. It lays out the central tenets of a just climate policy; namely, that emission reductions must be quick and effective (real reductions), and not increase the burden on those most harmed and least able to bear the costs. The report has already been introduced at a July 24, 2008 Congressional briefing (audio) featuring Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D-NY) and Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), and has been endorsed by the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Health and the Environment, and the Congressional Black Caucus.