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.

Senate Shows Bipartisan Leadership on Green Climate Fund

Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox:

We are thankful to Senator Kirk (R-IL), Collins (R-ME), Merkley (D-OR), and Udall (D-NM) for their bipartisan efforts in support of the Green Climate Fund.  “In this unfortunate period of extreme partisan politics, it’s a blessing to see four senators reach across the aisle to care of the ‘least of these,’” stated The Rev. Mitch Hescox, EEN’s President.

The four Senators issued a letter earlier this week in support of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). GCF is a non-United Nations Fund to assist majority world nations both adapt to climate change impacts and grow their economics with clean energy.

“The bipartisan letter provides hope that our elected leaders are hearing the moral and biblical call to care for all God’s children and His creation,” said the Rev. Mitch Hescox, “America has always offered our support to those in need, and the letter displays American moral leadership in mitigating and adapting to our changing climate.”

The Senators’ action is in line with the Evangelical Climate Initiative, The Lausanne Movement’s Cape Town Commitment, and Pope Francis’ Encyclical, LAUDATO SI.   As the Lausanne Movement’s (founded by Billy Graham and John Stott) states:

Probably the most serious and urgent challenge faced by the physical world now is the threat of climate change. This will disproportionately affect those in poorer countries, for it is there that climate extremes will be most severe and where there is little capability to adapt to them. World poverty and climate change need to be addressed together and with equal urgency.

Effort to Ban New National Parks Defeated in Senate

A Statement by the Rev. Mitch Hescox
President/CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN)

We are grateful that the United States Senate in a bipartisan effort this afternoon defeated Senator Lee’s (R-UT) Amendment 3023 to S.2012 – Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015.  This amendment would have severely impacted the Antiquities Act put into law under Teddy Roosevelt and used by sixteen (16) presidents, eight from each party, to protect some of America’s most treasured God given wonders.

We are especially thankful for Senators Alexander (R-TN), Gardner (R-CO), Kirk (R-IL), Ayotte (R-NH), and Heitkamp (D-ND) for their bipartisan leadership.

In this 100th anniversary year of our National Parks, we should be celebrating our great public lands legacy, instead of combating the efforts of a few anti-conservation lawmakers. The Antiquities Act protects half of our national parks.  Without this law and other similar laws, we might not have protected places like the Grand Canyon or new National Monuments like Browns Canyon or Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks and even local parks and trails.  These attempts to gut the conservation statues are simply out of touch with all Americans and pro-life Christians.

Pro-life Christians, are called to be good stewards of the bounty upon which all life depends, to protect and defend the beauty and purity of the land and water, to have clean skies and fresh air for our children to enjoy. Our public lands are essential to our quality of life; they are national treasures. That’s why over 100,000 of us took action calling on Congress to stand up for monuments & parks and stand up and fight against any bills that would block the creation of new parks and bills that sell off America’s precious lands and waters.