TEC sponsors major topical forum this April: The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment

On April 21, the Episcopal Church will sponsor a forum on a critical topic: The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment. Originating from St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City, UT, the two-hour ecumenical forum will be live webcast beginning at 10 am Mountain (9 am Pacific, 11 Central, noon Eastern).

“Through The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment, we will explore the differential effects of environmental degradation and changing climate patterns on the poor ”“ in this country and around the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said.

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12 comments on “TEC sponsors major topical forum this April: The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment

  1. evan miller says:

    How wonderfully trendy and politically correct. Are you sure this isn’t an initiative of the Obama White House?

  2. Undergroundpewster says:

    I trust that the PB and Bonnie Anderson are walking to Salt Lake City.

  3. sophy0075 says:

    Don’t recall seeing this in the Gospels. Must be a new Lenten subject.

  4. JustOneVoice says:

    I want them to cover what the cost of “protecting” the environment will have on the poor. Higher gas, electric and other energy cost is going to hurt the poor. Everything they buy will be more expensive because of the built in energy cost.

  5. Capt. Father Warren says:

    A shame they don’t use the time/resources to talk about what keeps the “poor” in this country poor;
    -40% out of wedlock births
    -job destroying minimum wage/benefits laws
    -multi-generational welfare dependency
    -massive over regulation which drives up costs of everyday goods
    -government intervention in markets which drives up costs of medical care, college education, energy, food stocks

    Well, not as trendy I guess…….

  6. Teatime2 says:

    Well, that’s what happens when you select a biologist as PooBah. Theology is above her pay grade. She’s most comfortable with environmental stuff. It is what it is — I see no point in ragging on her. She didn’t elect herself. The numb people who decided that a bishop of a tiny diocese for just five years whose major life experience is in marine biology should be the presiding bishop are the ones at fault.

    Granted, if someone without sufficient experience or spiritual background is nominated, then the most realistic thing would be for that person to decline. But how often does that happen?

    #4 — That’s not necessarily true. Since the wind farms moved in here, I’ve seen my electricity costs drop 5 cents per KwH. That’s substantial. And there are plenty of “environmentally friendly” things I do that save money. I’ll admit that’s the point, as far as I’m concerned — saving money and making things more convenient. Helping the environment is just a bonus.

  7. JustOneVoice says:

    The cost of energy has dropped due to the increase in the supply of natural gas.

    I think we should do things that improve the environment, but most of the things that are done seem to cost more than they should, accomplish little or do more harm. For example, in the push for cleaner burning fuels, MTBE was added to gasoline, costing more money. In the end it was discovered that the MTBE was doing more harm to the water supply. So to make a few politically active environmentalist happy, we paid more to pollute our water more.

    This will help the environment. We also need scientific research into improved methods of getting storing and transporting energy, not subsidizing current technology that is less efficient. When we make the technological breakthroughs, the new sources of energy will be more efficient and will be more environmental safe.

  8. drummie says:

    If TEC would pay more attention to the Gospels and Salvation, they might be relevent. If I want environmental advice, I will go to my local university. For religious advice, I will go to my parish (non TEC) Priest. TEC doesn’t qualify on either account.

  9. lostdesert says:

    Your electricity points dropping 5c/kWh is most likely the result of generation driven by natural gas, which price has recently fallen through the floor. Wind farms are only an option with your TAX Dollars sent to these developers. Without huge govt grants and tax incentives these projects are not good investments – so you are paying a much higher but you can’t see it because the grants and tax breaks were paid for by money borrowed from China. My great-grandkids will be slaves to the federal government because of this and a hundred other dreadful decisions made by the crooks in Washington. Vote them all out!

  10. Teatime2 says:

    I have a local 100 percent wind power contract for my electricity so I don’t think that my lower cost has anything to do with natural gas. Increased competition among energy companies, perhaps. There were a lot of companies from other states in here vying for green energy contracts. They were energy brokers and tried to call themselves Texas companies if they simply opened an office here. The state cracked down on that.

    We need diverse energy sources. Last summer proved that. We had record-breaking heat here and rolling blackouts because constant AC use pushed up demand. The winter before last, we also had rolling blackouts because of freakish ice events and a huge demand for heat. I find it ludicrous that people complain about tax breaks for alternative energy projects in the face of HUGE legislative and tax incentives that the oil companies have long enjoyed. If you’re going to complain about tax money going for energy projects, you’d best include all of them.

  11. JustOneVoice says:

    The government should not subsidize any business. In order to do that it needs to take it from someone else and that is stealing. We should cut all special tax incentives for all companies, including traditional and alternative energy companies when we do it for all companies.

    From Reuters today:

    ERCOT has warned that rolling outages could occur more frequently over the next few summers as an electric surplus shrinks dramatically as plants retire due to stricter environmental rules and new-plant construction is hampered by low wholesale prices and a lack of available financing.

  12. Capt. Father Warren says:

    [i]If you’re going to complain about tax money going for energy projects, you’d best include all of them[/i]

    Here is a radical idea: how about we use tax dollars only to fund Constitutionally granted government roles and duties?

    When Govt picks winners and losers with our tax dollars that is stealing. They are taking money you earn and handing it to someone else.

    If your local police dept pulled up to your house and confiscated your savings account to give to your neighbors how would you feel about that. Washington DC does that on a massive scale…and then spends more of our money justifying their immoral behaviour.