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The Delaware Price on Carbon Project

New Castle County Congregations of Delaware Interfaith Power and Light

Recently the LWV of Delaware approved the Delaware Price on Carbon Project: A study of how Delaware could adopt a price on carbon emissions at the state level that will increase in stages, as part of an overall program to improve energy efficiency and to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, fast enough to avoid more serious damage to the climate system.  First Unitarian has two members out of eight, with Elizabeth Sifter, our Environmental Justice/Green Sanctuary Chair and me, our Climate Change Missionary.  One, Linda Swift from Berkeley, CA, has already created a Price on Carbon website.

The importance of this study is that leading economists say that we won’t avoid serious damage to the climate system and the economy unless carbon dioxide – our biggest waste product from burning fossil fuels – has a price on its dumping into the atmosphere that is comparable to the damage that it causes – estimated to be in the range of $30 to $100 per ton by 2050.  The average American is responsible for about 20 tons of CO2 each year!  NC3 and First UUW will be coordinating a carbon emissions reduction program for individuals and families. Information on this program coming soon!

Submitted by Chad Tolman: