US President Barack Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” which is geared to cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants, has gained the support of more than 170 evangelical Christian leaders.
The conservative faith leaders wrote a letter to President Obama expressing support for the historic proposal made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that aims to reduce carbon pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels.
The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan was drafted in June and is expected to be fully released this month. As expected, it is being opposed by coal industry leaders who warned that the proposal will increase costs and only have a minimal effect to fight global warming.
In their letter to Obama, the evangelical Christian leaders said “overcoming the climate challenge is one of the great moral opportunities of our time.”
“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,” the Christian leaders said in their joint letter.
The faith leaders also see the Clean Power Plan as a way for the US to lead the global “clean energy revolution” as well as show the way on how to fight air and water pollution.
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