Called to give special protection

EPA hearings on the (finally!) proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants took place in the last week of July.  Remarks by PA IPL supporters vary enormously, and are worth reading.  When you’re inspired, submit a written comment of your own.  

RevLindaNoonan

My name is Rev. Linda Noonan, and I am the senior pastor of Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia.

Our church has been working to address environmental injustice for over twenty years. We are extremely concerned about what climate change is already doing to God’s Earth and God’s people. And as a mother of two teenage girls – one who suffers from asthma — the distress I feel for the future, due to climate disruptions, is highly personal.

Chestnut Hill United Church fully supports the EPA proposal of a strong standard to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.  It’s past time for these power plants to control the pollution they belch into the environment.

We recognize that climate change will hurt first and worst those who are least able to get out of its way: the poor, the sick, the old, and the very young.  Christians are called to give special protection to these constituencies.

We support this proposed rule as we consider all those at risk here in Pittsburgh, and in Philadelphia, where my church and family are located, and across the country and around the world, those who deserve a cleaner, safer future.

Chestnut Hill United Church urges you to implement the standard quickly, without any weakening.

Equally, we urge the federal government to support a just transition to a clean economy, with retraining offered to those who may lose their jobs as a result of this rule. With appropriate supports, today’s coal miners can become tomorrow’s wind farm operators and energy auditors. These are safer jobs that pay just as well or better.

The Bible tells us that “without vision, the people will perish. “ (Proverbs 29:18). The wise ones all those thousands of years ago knew this truth. My congregation applauds the EPA for their vision of an economy that grows and prospers while weaning itself of the dirtiest fossil fuels that kill and disable too many of us.

This is indeed a vision of hope and justice.

Thank you, EPA.

The EPA hearings on the (finally) proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants took place the last week in July in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Denver.  PA IPL members offered testimonyboth in Pittsburgh and Washington.  Testimony posted here is shared by permission of the authors.  The remarks vary enormously, and are worth reading.  When you’re inspired, submit a written comment of your own.