Resolution 6: Climate Change, Carbon Tax

Resolved, That the 168th Convention of the Diocese of California submits the following resolution to the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church:

Resolved,  the House of ________ concurring, That the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church support a national tax on carbon-based fossil fuels based on the Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which would impose a carbon fee on all fossil fuels and other greenhouse gases at the point where they first enter the economy; align US emissions with the physical constraints identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to avoid irreversible climate change; and use this carbon fee through a trust fund to make equal monthly per-person dividend payments to all American households.

Explanation:  As Christians and members of a faith community, we have a responsibility to care for the earth and for the peoples of the earth. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1

Previous Diocesan Resolutions have urged parishes to take measures to protect the earth, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  While local, regional, and state actions are important and necessary, they are not sufficient to solve this global problem which is accelerating ever more rapidly. The United States must take significant steps to participate fully in the international effort to preserve a livable world.

The non-partisan non-profit Citizens’ Climate Lobby offers a scientifically-based proposal with bipartisan appeal. This climate solution, known as Carbon Fee and Dividend, is a national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system (CF&D) that would place a predictable, steadily rising price on carbon, with all fees collected minus administrative costs returned to households as a monthly energy dividend.

In just 20 years, studies show, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.8 million jobs to the American economy. 

The benefits of a fully-rebated revenue-neutral carbon tax are clear to and endorsed by leaders of faith, business associations, national security leaders, and energy and healthcare industry leaders. This market-based solution will save lives, create jobs, and boost our economy while reducing the risks associated with climate change. 

Additional information can be found here.


Submitted by: Contra Costa Deanery, Contact: Emily Hopkins, Delegate, St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek,, 925-324-9056.

Endorsed by: the Rev. Susan Champion; the Rev. Justin Cannon; St. Paul's Walnut Creek.


In your resolution, you say, "In just 20 years, studies show, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.8 million jobs to the American economy." If in 20 years this Climate Change policy only produces 2.8 million jobs, it would most likely lead to a net job loss for each of the twenty years. Further, we will be placing heating fuels, gas, and oil of the hands of the lower classes because natural price rises due to this resolution. No rebate system will keep pass with high costs in producing these vital energy supplies. In Sum, this is not a market place solution but a very socialist system.

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