A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
New bipartisan legislation in the Senate will strengthen building codes, provides incentives for businesses and consumers to invest in renewable energy. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761 from Sens. Shaheen and Portman) has a good chance of passing in this Congress.
On the Hill
Read about March and April on Capitol Hill: we lobbied for the energy efficiency bill that's just been introduced, but we can't stop now. We're working toward a climate summit, pushing a carbon tax, and much more.
Toward A Conversation
On February 14, Senators Boxer (CA) and Sanders (VT) introduced a climate bill that is a solid step toward significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions without unfairly burdening those who devote a significant percentage of their incomes on energy.
News and Resources
The House Ways and Means Committee was soliciting input for their big tax overhaul, due out this summer. FCNL submitted a comment, asking that the committee strongly consider a carbon tax as a way to put our fiscal house in order while strengthening our communities and reducing the threat of climate disruption.
Read our submission to the committee.
FCNL was among the groups to respond to a request for input by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Representative Henry Waxman (CA). Whitehouse and Waxman are founders of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, and the Task Force has asked for comments on potential policies to address climate change.
Read FCNL's comments here.
Climate experts have been arguing that climate change has the potential to create and exacerbate violent conflict as resource scarcity becomes more severe. The United States military agrees. In their own words, here are the statements of fifteen military leaders, active and retired, on the role of climate in creating conflict.
Religious groups and faith-based organizations the world all over are in agreement: climate disruption requires immediate action. Climate disruption disproportionately affects the poor and disenfranchised, but it also goes against the ideals of stewardship and of leaving the Earth for generations to come.
Read what these groups are saying about the environment
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." "We believe that humankind must respect the ecological integrity and the sacredness of the natural world. People must choose activities, create institutions, and establish policies and laws that are beneficial to the earth and will help protect and regenerate its ecosystems."