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The Trump Administration is at it again. They’re trying to severely undermine one of our nation’s most important environmental laws, the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA. Every law, every policy can be improved. But when it comes to creation-care policies we certainly don’t trust the Trump Administration to do it!

If people of faith can come together to find our place in this work, we can help deliver the change we need, tree-by-tree. Churches and other houses of worship have land that can be used to plant and care for trees. People of faith can also take this action around their homes, and become involved in tree planting projects in their communities.

Overall, this bill is good news for our climate and all of God’s bountiful creation. We are thankful for Senators Portman, Udall, and Stabenow and encourage Congress to swiftly pass this important legislation.

Pennsylvania is the third-largest greenhouse gas polluting state and the second-largest producer of natural gas in the country at a time when the Environmental Protection Agency has recently moved to eliminate the direct regulation of oil and natural gas production. Pennsylvania has a clear moral obligation to control its emissions.

The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is pleased to support the bipartisan RECYCLE Act proposed by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The RECYCLE Act, which stands for “Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education,” authorizes and instructs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a grant program for communities to improve their recycling programs via education and outreach.

2019 has been a great year for our ministry at EEN. We are so thankful for all of our supporters who helped to make this year meaningful. Below you'll find some of our favorite highlights from 2019. Please consider giving a year-end gift today to help make 2020 our best year yet!

While Thanksgiving is about being with loved ones and pausing to give thanks for the many blessings God has given us, Giving Tuesday is a chance to shift our attention to our hopes for the future. What a great way to end Thanksgiving and move forward into the Christmas season!

The Evangelical Environmental Network is grateful for the leadership of Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) concerning their introduction of the TICK Act, (which stands for Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knock Out). We applaud Senators Collins and Smith for introducing this important legislation that seeks “to provide assistance to combat the escalating burden of Lyme disease and other tick and vector-borne diseases and disorders.”

Our friends at A Rocha recently released the following statement about a fatal car accident involving A Rocha international staff. ** Press statement: A Rocha International staff in fatal accident in South Africa

We know that bipartisanship is key to defending children from the climate crisis, and that is why we are so pleased by the new bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. This new effort, led by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), creates a hopeful path forward for meaningful action.

We are deeply disappointed by the results of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) vote today on the Administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) with the so-called “Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced that PA will be joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This is great news for children’s health! RGGI helps to combat the market failure that has led to the cost of fossil fuels being hidden in the bodies of our children.

A conservative is someone who recognizes reality for what it is and faces up to it. A patriot is someone who puts his or her country’s interests above their own when called upon. 

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08), along with Francis Rooney (R-FL-19) Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24), and Scott Peters (D-CA-52) have recognized the problem of climate change and have proposed an effective solution: a well-structured carbon tax that meets our pollution reduction commitments under the Paris Climate Accord. With his leadership as the lead sponsor, Congressman Fitzpatrick has shown that he is a true conservative and patriot. We are honored to support his leadership. We are also grateful to Congressmen Rooney, Carbajal, and Peters for joining with Mr. Fitzpatrick.

Pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that lasts a lifetime. Dirty air and water has serious consequences for the health of our children and other vulnerable populations, such as the elderly. This is why pro-life Christians must lead the charge on clean energy, and why the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) supports a 100% clean energy economy that avoids dangerous interference with the climate system.

For far too long coal companies have not cleaned up their own messes, leaving the rest of us to suffer the consequences and pay the bill. That’s why we applaud the leadership of Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA-8th). We are glad to see that his bill, H.R. 4435, the Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act of 2019, was recently introduced, and will be considered by the Committee on Natural Resources tomorrow (9-24-19). We encourage the Committee to move the bill quickly through to the House floor, where we hope it will be passed with strong bipartisan support.

Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf re-committed to reducing emissions from the natural gas industry in the wake of “irresponsible rollback of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” from the Trump Administration. We applaud these efforts and encourage Gov. Wolf to ensure that these plans move forward before the end of the year. 

"Limiting wasteful methane leaks is good stewardship, and protecting our kids from their harmful health impacts is pro-life. With its announcement today, the Trump Administration has again made clear that it is neither interested in practicing good stewardship nor protecting our kids. This rollback is bad for the unborn and pregnant women, bad for young families, and bad for God's creation." The Rev. Mitch Hescox, President/CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN)

By Terri C.
Hanover, PA

It’s summer and it’s hot. When you move from air-conditioned offices to cars to homes, it’s easy to forget that fact. Two hundred million people are being affected by the heat in the U.S. alone right now and heat-related deaths top all other weather-related fatalities.

Today, President Trump and Secretary Bernhardt finalized their immoral revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The new regulations will make it harder to protect threatened species, which will lead to more endangered species and even extinction. This is the opposite of the biblical call to stewardship. The plan also undermines the ESA by allowing for economic considerations to determine whether protections will be provided. We reject these changes, and we will continue to oppose any efforts that weaken the Act and threaten God’s creatures. 

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. That is why we welcome new solutions from our elected officials that seek to reduce harmful emissions and promote sustainable prosperity. Today, Senators Coons (D-DE) and Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced the Climate Action Rebate Act of 2019 which will place a price on carbon and help reduce emissions.

Bill Wehrum, the chief air quality official at the Environmental Protection Agency, will be stepping down from his role as head of the Office of Air and Radiation at the end of the month. Praise God! Mr. Wehrum did not take seriously the mission of the EPA to protect human health and the environment, and we pray that his replacement will. 

Today the Trump Administration finalized its “Affordable Clean Energy Rule” (ACE) as a replacement to the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Climate change is the greatest moral challenge of our time and this effort to dismantle the CPP is a major step backward. The CPP aimed to reduce climate pollution by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, and ACE would only reduce pollution by, at most, 1.5 percent. By the EPA’s own estimates, ACE would lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths per year. This is unacceptable and immoral. Rev. Mitch Hescox, President/CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network

Fixing natural gas leaks is pro-life and good stewardship. That is why we support Representative Diana DeGette’s (D, CO-1) Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019 to reverse the Trump administration roll-back on methane leak standards on new sources and Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) regulation to reduce methane pollution on public lands under BLM’s jurisdiction. Representative DeGette’s bill is a critical measure to protect public health, solve the climate crisis, and cut methane waste and pollution.

The Evangelical Environmental Network is grateful for the leadership of Pennsylvania state Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware County) and state Representative Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia), along with over 80 bipartisan cosponsors, for reintroducing legislation to transition the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Evangelicals believe that “clean air, pure water and adequate resources are crucial to public health and civic order. Therefore, government has an obligation to protect its citizens from environmental degradation and from human suffering that it causes.”

MATS has worked, is saving lives, and is cost effective. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standard needs to be left as is.
Every parent & grandparent wants a quality life for their children & grandchildren. Allowing MATS to be changed or rolled back is simply morally wrong.

This has been a great week in Congress for our national parks and public lands. Senate recently passed the largest public lands bill in a decade and today both chambers of Congress reintroduced bipartisan legislation to to address the critical maintenance needs of our beloved national parks. We applaud the leaders in Congress who are dedicated to protecting these special places.

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Committee Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) recently introduced the “Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act”, a bipartisan effort to address the deferred maintenance backlog in our parks by establishing the National Park Service and Public Lands Restoration Fund. We applaud this bipartisan effort to address the critical maintenance needs of our beloved national parks.

Our public lands are national treasures to be stewarded and preserved for us and our children, and are part of our worship of God. If the courts allow President Trump’s reckless act to stand, it will severely weaken the Antiquities Act’s ability to protect public lands.

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