Obama and Modi Provide Excellent Leadership on Climate Action and Sustainable Prosperity

Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox:

“We thank God for the wise leadership of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi on climate action and sustainable prosperity powered by clean energy.  This is love in action.

In their announcement today, many excellent commitments were made.  In helping India achieve its goal of developing 175 gigawatts of renewable power, including 100 GW of solar power, the U.S. and India pledged:

  • $20 million towards a Clean Energy Finance Initiative to mobilize $400 million towards providing clean energy to 1 million homes by 2020;
  • $40 million for the Catalytic Solar Finance Program that will seek to bring about $1 billion investment in solar energy.

Such initiatives help achieve EEN’s twin goals of overcoming climate change while lifting people out of poverty with sustainable prosperity powered by clean energy.

In addition, two very important steps were announced towards helping the world avoid dangerous interference with the climate system by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The first has to do with the Montreal Protocol on Ozone depleting chemicals, which the Reagan Administration strengthened and led the world to adopt in 1987.  Such man-made chemicals, known as HFCs, are also highly, highly potent greenhouse gases.  From a climate perspective is is morally strategic to reduce these man-made gases ASAP given their high potency; doing so will help provide a smoother glide path for reductions in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels, which still power the world’s economy.

Today the U.S. and India announced that they are working together for an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that could help reduce a half a degree Celsius of warming – which is huge, given that the current goal is to have no more that 2C of warming.

The final announcement has to do with the international climate agreement negotiated in Paris last year.  The bi-lateral statement states:

‘The United States reaffirms its commitment to join the [Paris] Agreement as soon as possible this year. India similarly has begun its processes to work toward this shared objective.’

India’s commitment provides a tremendous boost to the world’s ability of having the Paris Agreement go into force this year.  Given the uncertainties of who will be our next President, such an outcome is quite necessary.

We are profoundly grateful for the leadership of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi on climate action and sustainable prosperity powered by clean energy.  We will do what we can to support these initiatives.”

Republican Senators Doing God’s Work by Providing Leadership on Climate Change

Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox:

On behalf of the 900,000 supporters of EEN’s work, our staff, and our Board, I want to thank Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and his colleagues, Senators Kirk (R-IL), Ayotte (R-NH), Portman (R-OH), and Collins (R-ME), for the introduction on the Senate floor of a statement affirming that climate change is real and that “human activity contributes to climate change.”

The statement recognizes that: (1) climate impacts are already hurting people; (2) Congress must act to reduce climate pollution and support clean tech R&D, and; (3) the U.S. should be a world leader in overcoming climate change.

These affirmations are all that is needed to set our country on a bold course of overcoming climate change by creating sustainable prosperity powered by clean energy.  It is time to set aside what has been holding our country back – partisanship, misguided ideology, fear of change, and simple greed – and embrace a cleaner and healthier future.

We pledge our support to Senator Graham and his Republican colleagues as they lead us towards this bolder course and brighter future.

Evangelicals Support Governor Wolf’s Veto of Toxic Bill

Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox:

We are thankful to Governor Wolf for vetoing HB 1327, the fiscal code legislation.  As pro-life Christians, we are deeply concerned for the impacts HB 1327 would have on our children’s health. We urge the General Assembly to allow this toxic version to fade away and pass a clean fiscal code without amendments.

If the General Assembly were to override Governor Wolf’s veto of HB 1327, this would:

  • Take away $12 million from energy efficiency programs contained in the Alternative Energy Investment Act to provide natural gas connection grants.
  • The bill would make it easier to drill near schools, playgrounds, and public water supplies.
  • Allows either chamber of the General Assembly to unilaterally disapprove Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan. This is not only unconstitutional, but would slow down Pennsylvania’s transition to a clean energy future for our children.

“Today 1 in 3 of our kids has asthma, autism, ADHD, or allergies with direct links to fossil fuels and petrochemicals,” stated EEN’s President, Rev. Mitch Hescox, “That’s why pro-life Christians in Pennsylvania have voiced their support for reducing carbon pollution, methane leaks, and producing clean energy.”

Over 24,000 Pro-Life Christians in Texas Are Calling for 100% Clean Electricity by 2030

Asking Gov. Abbott and Presidential Candidates to Lead the Way

Pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that last’s a lifetime.  Dirty air and water has serious consequences for the health of our children.

This is why pro-life Christians must lead the charge on clean energy, and why the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is organizing half a million pro-life Christians across the country to participate in EEN’s Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign (sign the petition).  In just a few weeks 24,642 pro-life Christians in Texas have already joined, calling for 100% clean electricity by 2030.  According to a just released poll by the University of Texas they are in good company:  86% of Americans support action for energy security.

“It is time to stop poisoning the womb and our environment and create a cleaner, brighter future for our children, free from pollution,” said the Rev. Mitch Hescox, President/CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network.  “Over 638,000 kids in Texas have asthma, and pollution makes it hard for them to breath.  That’s not right,” said Rev. Hescox.

“The Holy Bible testifies to God’s mandate on all Believers to care for Creation. Industrial pollution is clearly harmful to the environment and threatens to harm human lives. That is why Christians in Texas are asking policy makers to make creation care a priority,” said Rev. Dr. Daniel Flores, The Hispanic Wesleyan Society, Fort Worth, TX.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform how we create electricity for our homes and businesses – not with the old and outdated approaches from the past, like coal-burning power plants run by state-sanctioned monopolies – but with clean, new, innovative approaches like those powered by wind and by sunshine, such as rooftop solar, owned by families and individuals.

Texas can lead the way, leaving in the past that it is the nation’s biggest polluter by becoming the biggest winner in clean energy.  Texas is blessed with the largest abundance in clean energy potential in the country (learn more about what’s possible in Texas).  The state is already the biggest producer of wind generated electricity; indeed, on February 18 Texas a new record for wind generation, producing over 14,000 MW of electricity supplying over 45% of the state’s needs.

The Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign is asking Gov. Abbott and the presidential candidates  to do what’s right, stand up to utility monopolies protecting their profits at our expense, and defend the right of families, individuals, communities, and businesses to help set us free from pollution by creating our own clean electricity and selling what we don’t need to others.

Here is what half a million pro-life Christians will be  fighting for, and what we’re asking from our elected officials like Gov. Abbott and the presidential candidates:

  • Free our children from pollution all across America with 100% clean electricity from renewable resources by 2030.
  • Defend our freedom to create our own electricity from wind & sunshine, without fees championed by monopolistic utilities to make it unaffordable and out of reach.
  • Free our communities from regulations that prevent us from joining together to create our own clean electricity and sell what we don’t need to others.
  • Free businesses from such regulations so that they, too, can create and sell clean electricity.

“Our children, both the unborn and born, deserve the right to an abundant life unhindered by pollutants that threaten their hearts, lungs, and brains.  We have a biblical responsibility to defend our children and at the same time empower our markets for energy freedom,” said Hescox.

Gov. Wolf Strengthens Governors Push for Clean Energy

Yesterday Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf joined a bipartisan group of 17 Governors, whose states represent over 40% of the US population, in signing an Accord where they pledge to help create a cleaner more prosperous future for our children.

Gov. Wolf and his 16 fellow Governor’s believe that:

“American prosperity has always depended on embracing new ideas and technologies. By deploying renewable, cleaner and more efficient energy solutions, we can make our national economy more productive and resilient.”

We wholeheartedly agree with Gov. Wolf and his colleagues and are grateful for their leadership –  and we have two things to offer from our Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign.

First, the Accord would be strengthened by a clean energy goal, and we have just the right one from our Campaign: 100% clean electricity in each of their states by 2030.

Second, when their efforts help us achieve 100% clean energy by 2030 we will be there to support them; this year we will be organizing half a million pro-life Christians to be a part of our Campaign.

The public here in Pennsylvania is already with us even before we get started.  Eighty-Two percent of Pennsylvanians support a clean energy future and among them are at least 67,000 pro-life Christians already working with us who demand a pollution-free future our children and grandchildren.

Here is where the Governors Accord and our Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign align:

topost02172016

We have launched our Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign because pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that last’s a lifetime.  Dirty air and water has serious consequences for the health of our children and other vulnerable populations like the elderly.  It is time to stop poisoning the womb and our environment and create a cleaner, brighter future for our children, free from pollution.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform how we create electricity for our homes and businesses – not with the old, dirty, outdated, wasteful approaches from the past, like coal-burning power plants run by state-sanctioned monopolies – but with clean, new, innovative approaches like those powered by wind and  by sunshine, such as rooftop solar, owned by families and individuals.

That’s why we support Gov. Wolf and this bipartisan group of 17 Governors, and will be encouraging them to do even more by affirming our goal of 100% clean electricity by 2030.

 

Discussion of Faith, Children, and the Moral Dimensions of Climate Change at Eastern University

Sen. Casey Leads Panel Discussion on the Biblical Imperative For Climate Action

Starting at 2:30pm ET TODAY watch a live stream of the event by clicking here

On Friday, September 18, 2015 from 2:30pm ET, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) will moderate a discussion on the moral call for climate action issued by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, the Cape Town Commitment by senior evangelical leaders worldwide, and by the Evangelical Climate Initiative representing over 300 senior evangelical leaders in the United States.

Climate-intensified water and food scarcity, the spread of disease, sea level rise, and ocean acidification are impacting the vulnerable worldwide, leading to forced migration, violence/instability, and even death.

2014 was the warmest year ever recorded and 2015 may break that record.  The increased temperatures worsen asthma and are linked to the rapid rise of Lyme Disease here in Pennsylvania.

“Climate change impacts every person in the world making it the greatest moral challenge of our time,” states the Rev. Mitch Hescox, President of the Evangelical Environmental Network. “It also presents the greatest opportunity for hope in building a clean energy economy providing  good jobs, clean air, pure water, and a quality future for all God’s children worldwide.”

Integral to discussion will be ways to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s The Clean Power Plan, investing in clean energy, and working to ensure a just tradition for Pennsylvania workers.

What: Panel Discussion on the Biblical Imperative for Climate Action

When: 2:30pm ET, Friday September 18, 2015

Where: Eastern University’s McInnis Auditorium, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA

The event is free and open to all by registering at (Seats are limited). http://www.eastern.ticketleap.com/climatechange/

Welcome & Opening Prayer: Dr. Keith Iddings, Provost of Eastern University

Panelists include:

The Rev. Mitchell Hescox, President & CEO, The Evangelical Environmental Network
Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, The Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center
Daniel P. Scheid, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, McAnulty College & Graduate School of
Liberal Arts, Department of Theology, Duquesne University
Ms. Gretchen Dahlkemper, National Field Manager, Moms Clean Air Force
David W. Unander, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Eastern University

UPDATE: Senate On Continued Path for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Our deepest thanks go to Sen. Daines (R-MT), Sen. Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Portman (R-OH), Sen. Capito (R-WV), and Sen. Manchin (D-WV).  In the midst of The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee mark-up on The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, all of them stood tall and showed statesmanship during several votes today related to the Land Water and Conservation Fund (LWCF). These senators showed bi-partisan leadership in keeping America first and preserving a fund that works to the benefit of every American.

“”They are voting to keep America beautiful for all of God’s children,” said Rev. Mitch Hescox President of the Evangelical Environmental Network.

LWCF is of great importance to The Evangelical Environmental Network and over 42,000 pro-life Christians in Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee who have weighed-in in favor of the fund.

Without costing the taxpayer a dime, LWCF provides recreational opportunities to all Americans. It does so by using offshore oil and natural gas royalties to fund land and water conservation projects, outdoor recreation access, and the continued preservation of our nation’s historic, cultural heritage.  From our iconic National Parks to local community parks, trails, and ball fields, LWCF helps keep America beautiful.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 displays the bipartisan efforts that all Americans expect of our elected leaders.  Thank you to the entire Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.