JPANet: Protect God's Creation

women in fieldOn January 1st new regulations went into effect aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most abundant and long-lasting greenhouse gas. State environmental agencies began regulating large stationary sources like coal-fired power plants and refineries, requiring them to be more efficient, thus reducing their carbon footprint.

Far from rejoicing about this effort to improve air quality and reduce gases associated with climate change, some members of Congress seek to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

Tell Congress greenhouse gases are the problem, not the EPA.

More background information here.

Many Americans, not entirely familiar with the relationship between the release of gases like CO2 in the atmosphere and climate change, are apprehensive about governmental regulation of industry. With unemployment hovering above 9%, they are naturally suspicious of anything that is labeled as restrictive of manufacturing, or putting limits on industrial production. When scientific facts are manipulated to instill fear, they respond accordingly. But the Environmental Protection Agency has the responsibility of protecting our environment.

As people of faith we are called to protect God’s creation and those sisters and brothers who are first and mostly affected by climate changes. Sadly, it is those who have little influence and power who are the most vulnerable to the ravages of climatic phenomenon. The polar bears whose sea ice floats are rapidly melting and the Pacific Islanders whose homelands are sinking cannot influence U. S. policy.  Tell Congress to protect both. Ask your elected officials to oppose any efforts to limit the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce the Clean Air Act.

Ensuring the availability of clean air for people and creatures to breath is central to our calling, as people of faith, to be good stewards of God’s creation and to seek justice for all people. So is preventing further deterioration of the Earth’s climate due to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The Clean Air Act has been an invaluable tool in our carrying out our call to stewardship of the Earth, improving our air quality and protecting our health since its passage in 1970. The Act has set a standard for air quality in rural and urban communities alike, protecting children, the elderly and other vulnerable communities from the impacts of dirty air.

Increased emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other “greenhouse” gases are causing the earth’s climate to change dramatically and are already having profound impacts on air quality and health:

The new Clean Air Act rules for stationary sources show good stewardship: they have been narrowly tailored to cover only the largest sources of greeenhouse gases, so their impact on the economy will also be limited. Tell Congress to let the EPA do its job in enforcing the Clean Air Act.

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