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Religious Groups Ask The U.S. Senate To Save the Clean Air Act

Religious Groups Ask The U.S. Senate To Save the Clean Air Act

Fifty-six leading denominations and faith-based organizations released a joint letter Wednesday calling on the U.S. Senate to uphold the EPA’s power to protect the environment and public’s health through the Clean Air Act.

In particular, the religious leaders, including Protestants, Jews, Unitarians and other faiths, noted that the effort by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to delay EPA controls on greenhouse gas emissions should be turned down.

In December 2009, the EPA finalized its study on the effects of greenhouse gases, and announced that these emissions are indeed a threat to public health and welfare.

Rockefeller’s bill (S.3072) was introduced in March 2010, and would put the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases and other air pollution on hold for two more years.

The joint letter opens as follows:  “As communities and people of faith, we are called to protect and serve God’s great Creation and work for justice for all of God’s people.

“We believe that the United States must take all appropriate and available actions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change; we therefore urge you to oppose any efforts to undermine the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

“We have seen various challenges to the CAA this session including Senator Rockefeller’s proposal to delay regulation of greenhouse gases under the Environmental Protection Agency. We urge you to protect the Clean Air Act and allow the EPA to use the full strength of the law to ensure that God’s Creation and God’s children remain healthy.”

(The full text of the joint letter and list of signers is available at

According to the U.S. Climate Network, the Rockefeller bill is designed to give polluters free rein to dump carbon pollution into the atmosphere, and would release polluters from their responsibility to keep communities and people safe from harmful emissions.

“As leaders in our communities of faith, we take very seriously our charge to act as stewards of God’s Creation,” said Rev. Harriet Olson, deputy general secretary of United Methodist Women. “Preserving a strong Clean Air Act and limiting the harm done by climate change are very important and concrete things we can do today working together as people of faith acting in that stewardship capacity.”

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9:10AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

I'm glad to see religious groups doing something productive. Whether you call it, "God's Creation", or just our only planet, we are all in this together. Global warming is REAL, and we must DO progress, not just talk about it.

11:54AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

Thanks for the article.

1:03PM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Noted. Thanks.

7:21AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Not surprising to me about Rockefeller, but it is disappointing.

5:44PM PST on Nov 26, 2010

Good for those true leaders of all faiths. It restores my faith in religious organizations.
Petition gladly signed. We must protect our home.

3:03PM PST on Nov 26, 2010

I'm also sad (but not surprised) to see that it was one of my senators, Jay Rockefeller, who proposed the amendment. We have to help people in West Virginia see that we can have a brighter future without relying on coal.

3:01PM PST on Nov 26, 2010

I'm glad to see such a broad coalition of religious groups involved and I'm particularly happy to see that my denomination was one of them. I hope the coalition will continue to grow broader and stronger.

12:04PM PST on Nov 26, 2010

I am amazed at how much those who are elected to serve the PEOPLE are so deaf. I goes they can not hear us over the noise of those special interests pouring money over them.

11:18AM PST on Nov 26, 2010

signed :)

10:07AM PST on Nov 26, 2010

Thank you.

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