Public Letter on Clean Power Plan

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

July 30, 2015

Dear President Obama:

Thank you for your service to our nation.  As evangelical leaders from across the country we write to commend you for your leadership on climate change.  We see overcoming the climate challenge as one of the great moral opportunities of our time, a chance to fulfill the Great Commandments to love God, our neighbors, and ourselves.  It is God’s love that calls all of us to take on this challenge.  That is why we write to offer our support and encouragement for your efforts to overcome the climate challenge.

Your leadership is laid out in your Climate Action Plan, which, when fully implemented, will: (1) position America to lead the world in the coming clean energy revolution; (2) create good jobs here in America,  (3) reduce pollution that fouls our air and makes our water impure,  (4) protect the health of our children and the unborn, and (5) build resiliency to the consequences of climate change both here and in vulnerable poor nations.

Like you, we would much prefer that Congress act to reduce carbon pollution through a market-based approach, such as a revenue-neutral carbon tax swap that cuts other taxes.  Until they do, we are grateful that you have stepped up to fill this leadership vacuum, because time is of the essence.

A key part of your climate effort is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP), which for the first time requires electric utilities to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.  The CPP is an essential step, the most important one we will have made to date in overcoming climate change.  More than anything it shows our nation’s resolve, that our journey has now begun in earnest and there’s no turning back.   This by itself will spur innovation and investment in the marketplace.  We are glad to add our voices to the nearly 230,000 pro-life Christians who have contacted the EPA in support of the CPP.

But many more steps will be needed.  Our country must make much bigger investments in basic Research and Development.  In line with the American Energy Innovation Council, we urge you to work with Congress to triple our R&D clean energy funding.

Please know that we keep you in our prayers, and we stand ready to support you as you lead our nation in overcoming climate change.

In Christ,

Pastor Kadjo Assemein, Mission International D’Evangelisation (MIE), East Orange, NJ

Nadine Assemein, Mission International D’Evangelisation (MIE), East Orange, N

Jamie Aten, PHD, Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton College, IL

David Bailey, Founder and Director, Arrabon, Richmond, VA

Rev. Jim Ball, Executive Vice-President, Evangelical Environmental Network, Vienna, VA

Rev. Leroy Barber, Founder, Voices Project, Portland, OR

Brittany Bennett, Steering Committee Co-Secretary, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, College Park, MD

Gary P. Bergel, Director, Heritage Harvest International, Shepherdstown, WV

Lowell Bliss, Director, Eden Vigil, Manhattan, KS

Rev. Dr. Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

Dorothy Boorse, PhD, Professor of Biology, Gordon College, MA

Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds, Dallastown, PA

Rev. Rolf Bouma, PhD, Pastor, Campus Church, Ann Arbor, MI

Steven Bouma-Prediger, PhD, Professor of Religion and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Hope College, MI

Woody Bowman, Creation Care Champion, West Tisburry, MA

Rev. Mike Breaux, Teaching Pastor, Heartland Community Church, Rockford, IL

Dr. Randy Brinson, President, Christian Coalition of Alabama, Montgomery, AL

Rev. Edward R. Brown, Executive Director, Care of Creation Inc., Madison, WI

Rev. Daniel Buraimo, Mission Internationale D’Evangelisation (MIE), Silver Spring, MD

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon, PhD, Author of Social Justice Handbook, Just Spirituality, and co-author of Forgive US, MD

Ola Carpenter, Executive Director, Barbering and Community Development, Hattiesburg, MS

Grant Casady, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

Rev. Noel Castellanos, President, Christian Community Development Association, Chicago, IL

Anna Clark, Author, Green American Style, Dallas, TX

James Cooper, Steadfast Ministries, Haittesburg, MS

Joonie Cooper, Steadfast Ministries, Haittesburg, MS

Rev. Phil Covert, Associate Pastor, Pine Grove Church, York, PA

Jason Courter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Malone University, Canton, OH

Jeff Crawford, Music Director, The Gathering Church, Durham, NC

Kevin Crosby, Steering Committee Member, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Sioux Falls, SD

Janel Curry, PhD, Provost, Gordon College, MA

Bishop James Daniel, Diocesan Bishop, Louisiana District Council, Philadelphia Ministries, Pentecostal, Assemblies of the World, New Orleans, LA

Pastor Corrine Dent, Abundant Life Ministries, Macon, MS

Robert De Hann, PhD, Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, Dordt College, IA

Liz Dong, Creation Care Champion, Wheaton, IL

David Dornbos Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Bob Downs, Creation Care Champion, Dayton, OH

Paul Douglas, President, Aeris Weather, MN

Nancy Lee Duncan, Creation Care Champion, Monrovia, CA

Brittany Ederer, Special Projects Coordinator, Care of Creation Inc., Madison, WI

Charesse Evans, Evangelist, Washington DC

David Evans, Chief of Party ENSURE, World Vision Zimbabwe

Bishop Robert Evans, Bethel Temple of Longview Inc., Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Longview, TX

Shawn Eubank, Creation Care Champion, Richmond, VA

Dr. Chris Farrell, Ph.D., Director Medical Technology and Emeritus Professor of Biology and The Environment, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

Deborah Fikes, Executive Advisor, World Evangelical Alliance, New York, NY

Dr. Mary Flowers, Executive Director, Global Green Development Group, Diamond Bar, CA

Walton Flowers, Global Green Development Group, Diamond Bar, CA

Rev. Steve Fortenberry, Founder, Goodness Grows; Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, MS

David K. Foster, PhD, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Messiah College, PA

Jim Furnish, Former Deputy Chief, U.S. Forest Service, Silver Spring, MD

Rev. Justin Fung, Teaching Pastor, The District Church, Washington DC

Pastor Javoris Gatlin, Logansport, LA

Dodd Galbreadth, Assistant Professor of Sustainability, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

Rick Gasaway, Author, An Inconvenient Purpose, Kansas City, KS

Luke A. Gascho, Ed.D., Executive Director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, IN

Mark Gathany, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

Dale Gentry, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN

Jon Gensler, Creation Care Champion, Brooklyn, NY

Rev. Aaron Graham, Lead Pastor, The District Church, Washington DC

Jeff Greenberg, PhD, Professor of Geology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Herbert Grover, PhD, Former Dean of Mathematics and Sciences (retired), Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX

Michael D. Guebert, PhD, Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Taylor University, Upland, IN

Rev. Rene Harris, Redemption Christian Center, Manassas, VA,

Dr. Phyllis Heath, Bethesda Temple, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, OH

Rick Herron, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Memphis, TN

Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, President & CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network, New Freedom, PA

Philip Heu-Weller, Creation Care Champion, Portland, OR

Tim Hoiland, Creation Care Champion, Phoenix, AZ

Evan Hunt, Creation Care Champion, Falls Church, VA

Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland Church- A Church Distributed, Longwood, FL

Rev. Lovie Hunter, Senior Pastor, Senseless Favor Ministry, Mansfield, LA

Cricket Eccleston Hunter, Creation Care Champion, State College, PA

Rev. Luke Schrock-Hurst, Virginia Representative, Mennonite Central Committee, East Coast, Harrisonburg, VA

Rev. Peter Illyn, Founder, Restoring Eden, Vancouver, WA

Rev. Dr. John K. Jenkins Sr., Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Landover, MD

Cheryl Bridges Johns, PhD, Professor of Spiritual Renewal and Christian Formation, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland,  TN

Rev. Tracy Johnson, Rhema International Church Shreveport, LA,

Chris Keil, PhD, Professor and Director of Environmental Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Rev. Dr. Charlotte Keys, Executive Director, Jesus People Against Pollution, Columbia, MS

Joshua Kendall, Creation Care Champion, Columbus, OH

Rev. Richard Killmer, Special Representative, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Andrew Kinzer, YECA Steering Committee, MI

Alex Kinzer, Local Organizer, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, MI

Henry H. Knight III, Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies, Saint Paul School of Theology, Overland Park, KS

Richard Kohng, University Ministries, North Park University, Chicago, IL

John Korstad, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

Allen Johnson, Coordinator, Christians for the Mountains, Dunmore, WV

Rachel Lamb, Chair, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, College Park, MD

Alexei Laushkin, Vice-President, Evangelical Environmental Network, Falls Church, VA

Nick Laushkin, Creation Care Team, La Verne Heights Presbyterian, La Verne, CA

Tom Lee Jr., PhD, Professor of Biology, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

Stan LeQuire, Executive Director Emeritus, Evangelical Environmental Network, Philadelphia, PA

Joel Light, Biology Department Associate, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN

Ben Lowe, National Spokesperson, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Wheaton, IL

Rev. Chuck Lowe, PhD, Pastor, MA

Annie Lowery, Evangelist, Forest, MS

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Loyer, Senior Pastor, Spry Church, York, PA

Alicia Luschei, Creation Care Champion, Harrisonburg, VA

John Lyon, President, World Hope International, Alexandria, VA

Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN

Evangelist Tawana Mace, Faith, Hope, & Charities Ministries, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Landham, MD

Rev. Dr. Emilio Marrero Jr., Vice President, National Programs, Esperanza, Philadelphia, PA

Rev. David McCullough, Pastor, Spry Church, York, PA

Lisa McMinn, PhD, Professor of Sociology, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

Joel Meister, Creation Care Champion, Arlington, VA

Jonathan Merritt, faith and culture writer, senior columnist, Religion News Service, New York, NY

Terra Montford, Director, I-61 Ministries, Boise, ID

Jonathan Moo, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology and Environmental Studies, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

Dr. Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College, Houghton, NY

Phil Murphy, Executive Director, Hunger Education and Resource Training Institute, FL

Anne Nielsen, Creation Care Champion, Harrisonburg, VA

Bishop Floyd Nixon, W.O.H. Church Ministries, Baton Rogue, LA

Kaleb Nyquist, Director of Student Ministries, Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL

Rev. Tim Olsen, Executive Director, Ground Works, Sioux Falls, SD

Apostle Bobby Orange, Christ Kingdom People Ministry, Jacksonville, FL

Kristen Page, PhD, Professor of Biology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Janet Paladino, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA

Cynthia Patton, Evangelist, Washington, DC

Robert K. Pelant, DVM, Executive Director, Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship, Coupeville, WA

Kenneth Peterson, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Biology, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

Donna Peterson, Creation Care Champion, St. Paul, MN

Jeff Ploegstra, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Dordt College, IA

Clay Pope, Creation Care Champion, Loyal, OK

Ron Preston, Creation Care Champion, Barnesville, OH

Rev. J.D. Punch, Pastor, Denver, CO

Rev. Chuck Redfern, Pastor, Writer, Hebron, CT

Rev. Tri Robinson, Founder, I-61 Ministries, Boise Vineyard, Boise, ID

Knox Robinson, Creation Care Champion, Washington, GA

John Roe, Professor of Mathematics, Penn State University, State College, PA

Thomas R. Roose, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics & Science Education; Chair, Physics Department, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL

Scott Sabin, Executive Director, Plant With Purpose, San Diego, CA

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Pastor, The Lamb’s Church, New York, New York

Doug Satre, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Plant With Purpose, USA, San Diego, CA

Jeffrey Schloss, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Biology, Westmont College, CA

Rev. Chris Charles Scott, Nevada Green Pastors Association, Las Vegas, NV

Lindy Scott, PhD, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

Kyle Meyaard-Shaaap, Creation Care Coordinator, Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice, Grand Rapids, MI

Ron Sider, PhD, President Emeritus, Evangelicals for Social Action,Wayne, PA

Matthew Sleeth, MD, Executive Director, Blessed Earth, Wilmore, KY

Sally Slotterback, Creation Care Champion, Ashland, PA

Rev. Joshua Smith, Community Activist, Baltimore, MD

Matthew Soerens, Co-author, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate, Glen Ellyn, IL
Howard Snyder, Professor Emeritus, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

Rachel Stauffer, Creation Care Champion, San Francisco, CA

Rev. Jeremy Summers, Director of Spiritual Formation, Church Multiplication, & Discipleship, Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN

Rev. Dr. Loren Swartzendruber, President, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA

Jack Swearingen, Creation Care Champion, Santa Rosa, CA

Steve Timmermans, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI

Noah Toly, PhD, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement, Wheaton College, IL

Kelli B. Trujillo, Editor, Today’s Christian Woman, Carol Stream, IL

Randy Van Dragt, PhD, Professor of Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Fred Van Dyke, PhD, Executive Director, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, MI

Peter Vander Meulen, Coordinator, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI

Esther Villarreal, Creation Care Champion, Grapevine, TX

Randy Van Dragt, PhD, Professor of Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Fred Van Dyke, PhD, Executive Director, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, MI

Peter Vander Meulen, Coordinator, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI

Anthony Waldrop, Treasurer, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, College Park, MD

Jonathan Waldroup, Chief Operating Officer, Impact Business Leaders, Washington DC

Dave Warners, PhD, Professor of Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Colin Watson, Director of Ministries and Administration, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI

Patrick Watters, Pastor, Creation Care Champion, Sacramento, CA

Lisa Watson-Rodriguez, Development Director and Assistant to the CEO, Christian Community Development Association, Washington DC

Pastor Clifford Williams, Global Outreach Ministries, Chicago, IL

Lana Williams, Global Outreach Ministries, Chicago, IL

Pastor Berlynda Wilson, Clinton, MD

Brian Webb, Sustainability Coordinator, Houghton College, NY

Jeffrey Webb, Ph.D., Chair & Professor, Dept. of History & Political Science, Huntington University, Huntington, IN

Ken Wytsma, Lead Pastor, Antioch Church; President, Kilns College, Bend, OR

Rev. Harvey Yarbrough, Pastor, Hattiesburg, MS

 **Over 170 leaders have signed this statement. The list will be regularly updated. 

*Signatories do so as individuals; titles and organizations are given for identification purposes only.

 cc: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy; Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell; Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid; Speaker John Boehner; Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.


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