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C047 Promote Policies that Combat Adverse Climate Change
Topic: Environment

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Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church welcomes the release of the Environmental   Protection Agency’s proposed carbon rule for existing power plants.  Power plants are the single largest source of carbon dioxide pollution in the United States and major contributors to climate change.  These emissions not only threaten the environmental stability of our planet, also the health of young children and their families, disproportionately affecting the poorest among us and all of God’s good Creation; and be it further

Resolved, That the Church also recommits itself to oppose environmental racism.  Coal, gas, oil and uranium extraction and subsequent transportation threaten the health and sanctity of communities, and the livelihood of future generations.  We seek to eliminate the practice of locating such industries disproportionately near neighborhoods inhabited by people of color and low income communities.

There continue to be diverse onions and voices concerning whether the Church should divest its holdings in fossil fuel extraction companies as well as those that use substantial amounts such fuels.  It is important that we as a Church have extensive conversations on this critical issue.  We ask that the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the Executive Council and the Church Pension Fund, in consultation with experts in the fields of economics and investing, ethics, and renewable energy development, jointly assess whether the benefit of a divestment strategy would be in compliance with our values and issue a report thereon by the Summer of 2016, and we call upon the Executive Council to facilitate church wide dialogue on this subject following the issuance of this report and communicate the results of the dialogue to the 79th General Convention.