Support EPA carbon emissions rule

Creation Justice Ministries urges people of faith to tell the Environmental Protection Agency they support proposed regulations to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Creation Justice Ministries (CJM) encourages you to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that you support proposed regulations to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants.

On June 2, EPA proposed what it called a “commonsense plan” to cut carbon pollution from power plants. In its action, EPA proposed emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units.

Specifically, the EPA is proposing state-specific rate-based goals for carbon-dioxide emissions from the power sector, as well as guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve state-specific goals.

This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States, according to EPA.

EPA's proposal reflects the fact that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities. The EPA’s rule also acknowledges the important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution.

Clean air is gift

The EPA says that its proposal will maintain an “affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations.”

Clean air is a gift given by God that many of us take for granted, emphasizes Creation Justice Ministries, formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program.

“These rules are necessary to protect community and family health and wellbeing,” said Tricia Bruckbauer, CJM coordinator. “So we need to speak out in support of standards that protect the air we breathe, vulnerable communities, and God's Creation.”

Bruckbauer said the EPA needs to hear from people of faith: Lend your voice and offer your comments on these rules to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.

By clicking on the preceding link, you will be taken to an action page where you can send a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Take action

The letter says, in part:

As a Christian, I believe that we have a responsibility to care for our neighbors, especially the "least of these" (Mat 25:40). Too often, the people that bear the burden of harmful emissions are communities of color and low-income families. …

These carbon emissions are also associated with the trapping of heat in our atmosphere, contributing to climate change. God calls us to be stewards of the land, and we have a responsibility to care for Creation. This Clean Power Plan is a necessary step forward to begin addressing the harmful impact we have made on our climate. …

I … applaud this rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants as an initial act of stewardship.

Take action now!

Editor's note: Creation Justice Ministries (formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program) represents the creation-care and environmental-justice policies of major Christian denominations throughout the United States. It works in cooperation with 37 national faith bodies including Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions as well as regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God's Creation.

A major task of Creation Justice Ministries is to provide program ideas and resources to help congregations as they engage in eco-justice.

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