On June 13th, hundreds of people from across the nation, including me and several other Hoosiers, will be meeting with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to push for a revenue-neutral carbon fee. Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light supports both local, statewide and national initiatives to address Climate Change and in 2016, the HIPL board endorsed Carbon Fee and Dividend as one policy solution.
On Wednesday, March 22, hundreds of people showed up and dozens of Hoosiers testified against SB 309 at the Indiana House Utilities Committee Meeting. The blog is testimony from H-IPL supporter Jane Martin, who had to leave the hearing before her testimony could be given. Picture: State Rep. David Ober (R-Albion), chair of the House Utilities committee, overlooks large crowd at SB 309 hearing.
I’ve spent my entire career financing and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.
SB309 kills the incentives for one of Indiana’s newest, fastest growth industries – Solar. Grandfathering existing systems helps but five years from now solar producers will be sending power to the grid for 4.375 cents/kw and paying 11.5 cents – quite a profit margin guarantee for Duke,etc.!
WANE TV said it best, "Hundreds reject [Indiana-Michigan Power] I&M’s pollution plan for Rockport Plant."
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette called it a "Turning Tide: I&M learning depth of clean-energy support."
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, state regulators took public comment about I&M's plan to raise rates to begin required upgrades to the Rockport Generating Station, one of the country's largest toxic super-polluters.
This coal plant is a threat to Indiana's economy, public health, and the wellbeing of our planet and creation.
The huge crowd included leaders and clergy from congregations across east and north Indiana.
I&M has filed plans with the State of Indiana to spend more than $3 billion to retrofit and keep burning coal at AEP-Rockport until 2035 and beyond, plus I&M must spend billions more to buy the out-of-state coal that powers the plant.
I&M so far has rejected a lower-cost plan that would both phase out half the plant by 2022 and create investments instead in cleaner energy that could include locally based solar, wind and energy efficiency.
Photos from The Rockport Hearing:
Here is a repost of Trisha Tull's October 2016 column for Working Preacher, an online lectionary resource for Christian pastors.
When religious leaders asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come -- when Judea could exchange violent Roman rule for benevolent divine rule -- he replied, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).
In other words, God reigns not just in the imagination’s brighter hope, but in the messy reality now, here, where we can actually make choices and carry them out. Though Jesus never seemed satisfied that his listeners were getting it, he frequently presented God’s reign as fully manifest on earth, even in an occupied nation, even in troubled days.
So why do Christians so quickly discard the gifts we have and long for something else?
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Hoosier IPL has been awarded another Community Conservation Challenge Grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development to help four Indiana congregations obtain solar panels.
December 1st is #GivingTuesday
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Service of Prayer and Song for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change
November 29, 2015, 6pm–7pm
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis. Free Event