In response to President Donald Trump and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke’s proposal to auction off nearly every piece of America’s coastline to private oil companies, 34 religious leaders in North Carolina urged the Administration to invest in renewable energy instead of expanded fossil fuel exploration. The joint letter from the religious leaders comes at the end of a 60-day federal comment period that has seen heightened opposition to the Administration’s coastal drilling plan. The NC religious leaders are part of a larger 310-signer letter of religious leaders from across the U.S. Last week, Susannah Tuttle, Director of NC Interfaith […]
Below is the letter Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland, Executive Director of the NC Council of Churches has delivered to Governor Roy Cooper, DEQ Secretary Michael Regan, and NC policy staff. Following is contact information for you to take action. You are invited to share this and please amplify NCCC’s Governing Board Policy Statement opposing fracked gas pipelines. As people of faith, we proclaim our belief that our world is God’s creation, that God sees it as good, and that it is ours to protect and maintain. May it be so! January 25, 2018 Friends, As pressure mounts and decisions are imminent in […]
The final version of the tax bill, passed in late December, will now open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling while maintaining a 14% cut in the corporate tax rate. This will allow oil and gas companies to gain an additional $1 billion in profits. In addition, oil and gas companies were granted an increased ability to write-off new equipment expenditures. Republicans had to find ways to pay for their corporate tax cuts, which could cost up to $1.5 trillion. Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski stipulated she would vote yes for the tax bill only if […]
Faithful Friends, BLESSINGS UPON ALL OF YOU who not only understand that climate change is very real… but are also contributing your time, talent, and treasures to help to make a difference! The events of 2017 have made it very clear that our work with faith communities to develop positive, hope-filled responses to our changing climate is becoming increasingly imperative. Faith-based messages and messengers are providing new angles on issues and are able to lead with a neutral, non-partisan, voice of hope-filled faith. Lifting our voices to the front of the climate conversation proclaims that caring for the environment is not […]
Last week North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light spoke at the EPA public hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan. EPA has proposed that the Clean Power Plan is not consistent with the Clean Air Act. The EPA held the public hearing on this critical issue in the heart of coal country. Faith leaders, including those from West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, spoke in support of the Clean Power Plan because it sets flexible and achievable limits on otherwise unlimited dumping of carbon pollution from power plants into our air and it encourages the development of clean, […]
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In order to deliver huge tax breaks to corporations and wealthy individuals, this package would slash tax credits for renewable energy, pull the plug on electric cars, and open the pristine Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Behind all environmental problems that society faces, whatever time period one analyzes, wherever one can go and whatever one can do, there is going to be greed, envy, ambition, selfishness, apathy and those are moral and spiritual issues. Nonetheless, it is usually scientists who are expected to find a solution, but men flaws are not amongst the expertise of the environmental science field. Gus Speth, who helped found the Natural Resources Defense Council and was dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, told a British radio presenter in 2013: “I used to think that top global environmental […]
After failing to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration now has its sights set on our Clean Power Plan. And for this one, they won’t have to go through Congress. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced his intention to “withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan” — and replace it with a far weaker standard. The Clean Power Plan is one of the most powerful tools we have to curb carbon pollution from the power sector and move our country toward a clean energy economy. Weakening this plan would allow dirty, coal-burning, inefficient power plants continue to […]
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline met more opposition last week. This time in the form of a prayer gathering by faith leaders outside the Department of Environmental Quality office. DEQ and the Cooper administration are currently considering a 401 water quality permit application that the pipeline must have before moving ahead with construction later this fall. Susannah Tuttle, Director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, brought word to the assembly of a resolution adopted by the NC Council of Churches Governing Board condemning the construction of pipelines such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Council of Churches, a statewide ecumenical organization […]