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Need to Protect TN Poor in Clean Energy Switch?

May 21, 2009

Memphis, TN – As Congress begins debate on clean energy legislation with the intent of moving the U.S. away from foreign fossil fuels and toward clean renewable sources of energy, advocates for low-income Americans want to ensure a large segment of the population does not find the new legislation unaffordable.

Jerome Ringo, a member of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) board of directors, says this is an opportunity for poor and under-served communities - including those in Tennessee - to participate in the new clean energy economy. Since low-income Americans spend more of their monthly income on energy-related expenses, they need protection, he says.

"We have to create incentive programs for the poor people to make energy more affordable, and to reduce the cost of energy so they don’t suffer the brunt of the expense of a new energy program."

Tennessee's Congressional leaders need to make sure workers can transition to jobs in a clean energy economy, while ensuring poor communities don't become dumping grounds, adds Ringo.

"I believe the system would generate revenue that can be reinvested into reducing the pollution in those poor communities, and in those communities that have been disproportionately impacted in the past."

The Center for Budget Policy and Priorities estimates about 14 percent of the allowance value generated by the federal cap and trade program would be required to offset any near-term increase in these expenses. Critics say the whole plan is too expensive and could slow economic recovery.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - TN