Today the House Joint Resolution 14 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives ending Trump-era EPA methane emissions rule. President/CEO of the Evangelical Network, Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox made the following statement:
“We are thankful for co-sponsors Representatives Diana DeGette of Colorado, Scott Peters of California, and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania for their leadership introducing the Methane Congressional Review Act to end the Trump Administration attack on our children. And a special thank you to the 12 Republican members who put life before party lines.
“As pro-life evangelicals, we have a special concern for the unborn. We want children to be born healthy and unhindered by the ravages of pollution even before they take their first breath. Reducing methane leaks and the associated VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from natural gas production and infrastructure has been a huge concern.
“Nearly 92,000 pro-life Christians from 21 affected states called for strong action to reduce pollution from leaks in natural gas infrastructure and from venting and flaring during the original rulemaking. Over 100,000 petitioned the Trump Administration not to alter the regulation. Our community applauds the life-saving action of the House of Representatives.
“Our children deserve the right to abundant life and now, it’s time to not only restore the previous rule but quickly develop even stronger standards to defend our children’s health.”