Lessons From The Telephone Lifeline Program Add To Concerns About Using Utilities To Deliver Low-Income Climate Rebates

Source: Matt Fiedler, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 18, 2008

From the abstract:
Protecting the budgets of low-income consumers is a critical issue in the design of climate change legislation. The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act recently debated in the Senate contained a measure that relied primarily on electric and gas utilities to deliver such relief. However, evidence from the only existing federal program that delivers low-income assistance through utility companies — the Lifeline program for telephone service — strongly suggests that an untried utility-based mechanism would miss large numbers of consumers who could be captured using proven alternatives.
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