Even more troubling is the lack of significant public discussion and debate on such a swift change in state policy. The bill requires the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to study the costs and benefits of energy efficiency, yet it seems the study’s outcomes are already decided by SB 340’s rush to judgment.
My personal faith inspiration comes from St. Francis of Assisi, who showed his love for all creation and for all people, especially the poor who can’t escape the degradation of the earth the way richer people can. I also take inspiration from Pope Francis, who in January 2014 said, “I recall a popular saying: ‘God always forgives; we sometimes forgive; but when nature — creation — is mistreated, she never forgives!’”
One of the most conservative ways we can operate is to audit our use of energy, and to encourage energy audits as a matter of state policy. It is amazing how a simple audit helps a family reduce its consumption and save money, which can be redirected to other things they value in life.
Let us remember that we are all in this together. Energy efficiency must play an important role in Indiana’s energy plans, for the sake of all Hoosiers and God’s good creation.
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