Pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that last’s a lifetime. Dirty air and water has serious consequences for the health of our children and other vulnerable populations like the elderly.
Right now Missouri’s air is not nearly clean enough. Consider these facts:
- All but one of the counties for which there was information received a grade of F for smog, according to the American Lung Association (ALA).
- The St. Louis area is one of the most polluted in the country (#18 for smog).
- Air pollution (both soot and smog) harms the unborn child, and can lead to birth defects, low birthweight, premature births, stillbirths and infant deaths.
- Over 156,000 children with asthma in Missouri find it harder to breathe because of Missouri’s polluted air, with some sent to the emergency room. Air pollution can lead to asthma in healthy kids.
- Nearly 2 million people in Missouri have serious health conditions made worse by air pollution – even to the point of death.
This is why pro-life Christians must lead the charge on clean energy. It is time to stop poisoning the womb and our environment and create a cleaner, brighter future for our children, free from pollution.
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform how we create electricity for our homes and businesses – not with the old, dirty, outdated, wasteful approaches from the past, like coal-burning power plants run by state-sanctioned monopolies – but with clean, new, innovative approaches like those powered by sunshine, such as rooftop solar, owned by families and individuals.
We are asking Governor Jay Nixon and Members of Missouri’s House and Senate to do what’s right, stand up to utility monopolies protecting their profits at our expense, and defend the right of families, individuals, communities, and businesses to help set us free from pollution by creating our own clean electricity and selling what we don’t need to others.
Here is what we’re fighting for, and what we’re asking from Gov. Nixon and our state Representatives and Senators:
- Free our children from pollution with 100% clean electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
- Defend our freedom to create our own electricity from sunshine and sell what we don’t need to others, without fees championed by monopolistic utilities to make it unaffordable and out of reach.
- Free our communities from laws or regulations that prevent us from joining together to create our own clean electricity and sell the remainder to others.
- Free businesses from such laws and regulations so that they, too, can create and sell clean electricity.
We ask Gov. Jay Nixon to create a plan to achieve these goals, and for Members of Missouri’s House and Senate to champion and support legislation that achieves them.
Realizing A Cleaner Future for Missouri
Here are some ways we can begin to realize Missouri’s clean energy potential.
Be A Witness To The World
- Sign our Petition to let the world know that pro-life Christians want to protect the unborn and children from pollution by having Missouri generate 100% clean electricity by 2030. You will be joining nearly 19,000 pro-life Missourians who have already done so.
- Grow our Pro-Life Clean Energy movement by encouraging others to sign our Petition. Share our Petition by using the buttons at the bottom of the Petition page.
- Make your home more energy efficient, such as replacing old light bulbs with LEDs. Go here for more suggestions.
- Purchase and install solar panels and benefit from Net Metering.
Support Public Policies To Help Achieve Our Goals
While more will be needed, here are some current policies that can keep us moving in the right direction. Our Campaign supports these policies and legislation; thus signing the Petition and adding your voice to that of nearly 19,000 pro-life Christians from Missouri who have already done so, and encouraging friends to do so as well, lets policymakers interested in our views know that together we support these policies.
- Stop Those Trying To Stifle Rooftop Solar: Expand Net Metering
The country’s investor-owned utilities have actually stated that if people are free to produce their own clean electricity or partner with a company it “could directly threaten the centralized utility model,” meaning their state-sanctioned monopoly. That’s why they’re fighting hard to curtail our freedom to produce clean electricity on our own rooftops.
One of the best ways to foster clean electricity from rooftop solar is a policy called net metering, where the homeowner sells excess electricity produced beyond one’s needs to the utility.
In 2007 Missouri passed a net metering law, but it has serious problems.
Here’s what needs to be done to fix it:
- There should be no cap on how much clean electricity a rooftop solar system can produce. Right now there is a very restrictive cap.
- If you produce more than you need in one month, earning credits, you should be able to sell those credits back to the utility at the retail rate. But under current law you only get the wholesale rate – about 20 percent. That’s ridiculous!
- Strengthen and Expand the RES
A Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) is a policy where electric utilities are required to obtain a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable energy resources such as wind and solar. Currently Missouri has a very modest 15% RES. This needs to be quadrupled to help drive things towards 100% clean electricity by 2030.
- Allow Businesses to Create and Sell Clean Electricity: Support PPAs
One of the key goals of the Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign is to provide businesses the freedom to create and sell clean electricity. Twenty-four states allow them to do so through what are called 3rd Party Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Right now Missouri does not allow PPAs.
This must change.
PPAs can help break the state-sanctioned electricity monopoly of your utility, creating some competition and providing consumers some choice over where their electricity comes from.
- Support Renewable Energy Tax Credits
State and federal tax credits have been a major driver of the purchase of solar panels by homeowners and businesses. Currently Missouri doesn’t have such a tax credit. A generous state-wide credit of up to $10,000 should be offered as a reflection of the benefit of clean energy to the common good in terms of reduced pollution and lessening the need for new massive, centralized power plants.
- Boost Conservation and Efficiency
To achieve our goal of 100% clean electricity by 2030 will require a major increase in energy efficiency. That’s because Missouri has much room for improvement, as reflected in its pathetic 9 points out of 50 on an efficiency scorecard.
A good place to start would be
- changing the law to have the current energy efficiency program for utility customers apply not just to customers of investor-owned utilities (about half of Missouri’s population), but to all utility customers throughout the state, including Municipal-owned and Rural Cooperative utility customers;
- statewide building efficiency codes.
- Support Our Nation’s Program to Reduce Carbon Pollution
Right now the most important federal policy for helping our nation achieve our goal of 100% clean electricity by 2030 is the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which includes the regulation of carbon pollution from both new and existing sources by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each state needs to create its own plan to meet its pollution reduction target, and the CPP provides a tremendous amount of flexibility in doing so. All of the policies described here – robust net metering, a quadrupled RES, tax credits, etc. – can be used to meet Missouri’s CPP obligation.