Faith leaders applaud
carbon pollution rule
Carbon rule would result in a healthier Creation
and healthier communities
with no added
financial burden to consumers
, supporters say
Washington, May 24, 2012 – Religious leaders from
Christian and Jewish communities spoke in favor of the Environmental
Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution rule today at hearings
in Washington and Chicago.
The proposed rule would require new power plants to meet
a set standard for the amount of carbon they emit when producing energy. The
standard will improve the health of God’s Creation and the health of our
communities without any increase in the cost of electricity, supporters say.
we fail to preserve and protect this world – our only world - by failing to
address rising levels of carbon pollution, we betray our responsibility to
one another and to future generations," said Barabara Weinstein, Legislative
Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Weinstein was
also testifying on behalf of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish
Carbon dioxide is one of the key greenhouse gases causing global climate
change which includes warmer temperatures, more natural disasters and more
frequent floods and droughts which affect food production around the world.
“As people of faith, we are called to serve as stewards of God’s good
creation and to seek justice for those who are hungry, poor, or
marginalized," said Mikka McCracken of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America’s Hunger Program.
McCracken, who also represented the National Council of
Churches, said, "We know that climate change has already begun to affect
agriculture in the US and around the world, endangering food security for
the people of our nation and all members of the global family. Lutherans
care and Lutherans make a difference. With [The EPA's] systemic level help
to enact rules that will reduce carbon emissions, we can do more --
Studies show that carbon pollution can be linked to an increased mortality
rate and disproportionate health impacts in the African American community
and other communities of color. Asthma and other respiratory problems are
three times as likely to plague and even kill African Americans.
The Rev. Dr. Mari Castellanos of the United Church of Christ made it clear
that "Climate change is having enormous impact on Creation – the very
Creation that God declared ‘good’; the very Creation that we depend on to
live life here on Earth; the very Creation that is a gift of God, not only
to us humans, but to all the creatures of the Earth."
With a shared message of improving the health and well-being of all of God’s
Creation, the religious leaders urged the EPA to maintain the strength and
effectiveness of the proposed standard.
Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of
Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical
witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member
communions -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox,
Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches --
include 40 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in
communities across the nation.
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