You’ll be glad to know The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has launched a major climate program whose goals are to ensure that:

  • the increased energy prices that are an essential part of climate-change legislation do not drive more households into poverty or make poor households poorer; and
  • climate-change legislation generates sufficient revenue both to protect low-income households and to address other needs related to the fight against global warming, so that it does not increase the deficit.

CBPP is a great group. But they need to understand that a central strategy for fighting the impact of higher energy prices on low-income consumers is an aggressive energy efficiency strategy to keep overall bills from rising, which I don’t see in their work so far.

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