The final version of the tax bill, passed in late December, will now open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling while maintaining a 14% cut in the corporate tax rate. This will allow oil and gas companies to gain an additional $1 billion in profits. In addition, oil and gas companies were granted an increased ability to write-off new equipment expenditures. Republicans had to find ways to pay for their corporate tax cuts, which could cost up to $1.5 trillion. Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski stipulated she would vote yes for the tax bill only if […]
Last week North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light spoke at the EPA public hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan. EPA has proposed that the Clean Power Plan is not consistent with the Clean Air Act. The EPA held the public hearing on this critical issue in the heart of coal country. Faith leaders, including those from West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, spoke in support of the Clean Power Plan because it sets flexible and achievable limits on otherwise unlimited dumping of carbon pollution from power plants into our air and it encourages the development of clean, […]
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In order to deliver huge tax breaks to corporations and wealthy individuals, this package would slash tax credits for renewable energy, pull the plug on electric cars, and open the pristine Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
It has been exactly three years since 400,000+ people came together in the streets of New York City for the first Peoples Climate March in 2014, and we’ve achieved a lot. But there is so much still on the line, perhaps more than ever before. This year and next are critical in the fight for action on climate, jobs and justice. NC Interfaith Power & Light is working alongside hundreds of national and local groups to determine our strategies for 2018 and beyond – and together as the Peoples Climate Movement, we want your input. The Peoples Climate Movement’s power […]
Over 10,000 individuals and 50 organizations, representing millions of people, supporting communities, public health, climate and forests asked Governor Cooper to revoke the world’s largest wood pellet manufacturer’s flawed air quality permit in Richmond County on Tuesday. The Raleigh press conference included 5 speakers from prominent NC organizations such as Dogwood Alliance, Concerned Citizens of Richmond County, and Clean Air Carolina. Susannah Tuttle of NC Interfaith Power& Light was among the speakers. Her press statement was as follows: My name is Susannah Tuttle and I serve as the Director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC […]
The Episcopal Church recently announced the awarding of 16 grants totaling $123,910 in the second round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Executive Council. Among the recipients is Nativity, Raleigh, awarded $10,000 toward its work, Becoming the Good Soil, of reducing the serious effects of climate change by engaging in regenerative agriculture through carbon farming, specifically by supplementing land with compost. In simple terms, one goal of carbon farming is to increase soil organic matter (SOM) to help draw carbon out of the atmosphere and sequester it in the ground. […]
It is becoming a national trend for politicians to “divide and conquer” by attacking the wind industry while supporting other forms of clean energy. This is fracturing the renewable energy community as folks are being forced to take positions that do not support one another. As Director of NCIPL I pray that we do not take sides and instead continue to support all sources of renewable energy without pitting one against another. NCIPL is a member of the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). Below is their statement on HB 589 and a summary of the legislation. NCSEA’s Statement on the Passage of House […]
“Biomass” may sound like a clean idea, but it actually means cutting down and turning trees into fuel pellets to be burned for energy — creating more carbon pollution than coal, accelerating global warming and driving climate chaos. North Carolina’s former governor opened the floodgates to the wood pellet export industry, which is tearing down our special forests to make wood pellets for export where they are burned in power stations to generate electricity. Rescind the Enviva Richmond County Wood Pellet Mill Air Permit Now Enviva, the world’s largest wood pellet exporter, already operates three mills in North Carolina. These […]
This year on Earth Day, thousands will gather in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the country to march for science and protect the deeply held value for truth and facts. They are marching to defend the vital role science plays in our communities and our world. They are marching because science is not partisan; it is not liberal or conservative. And they are marching to demonstrate that our nation values the scientists and the scientific agencies working to make our world safer, cleaner and healthier. Why should a science march matter to people of faith? To care for creation […]