Seeking a fair, fast transition

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.  They’re published alongside PA IPL’s remarks. When you’re inspired, submit a written comment of your own.  

Good morning. My name is Rev. Douglas Hunt.  I’m ordained clergy serving as Vice President of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. IPL is a national organization connecting over 30,000 congregations through 40 state affiliates, working with people of all faiths and spiritual paths to meet the growing threat of climate change.

IMG_2664IMG_2666IMG_2665 I commend  the Environmental Protection Agency for their proposal for reducing CO2 and other harmful emissions from existing power plants, and urge its implementation as soon as possible.

I have two granddaughters. Their future is one very personal reason I believe this proposal is so important.  Rachel, Guinevere, and all children, should live and grow in a world that is diverse and beautiful, can nurture their spirits, and fill them with wonder, awe, and a sense of connection with all of creation.  Climate change threatens to make that impossible for them.

In addition to the love and concern I have for children and all my planetary neighbors, it is Continue reading Seeking a fair, fast transition

Justice, poverty, and doing better because we can.

Paula Kline of Westtown Monthly Meeting and the Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting  (Quakers) submitted the following comments to the EPA . They are published here alongside PA IPL’s remarks. When you’re inspired, submit a written comment of your own. 

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Thank you for listening to my comments today.

I am a member of Westtown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Quakers have a long tradition of concern for economic, racial and social justice and environmental stewardship. Friends decry the unjust, disproportionate impact climate change is already having on those living in poverty and in the least developed countries, the elderly and children and those least responsible for the emissions of greenhouse gases. Climate change and other environmental disasters could put 3.1 billion people into extreme poverty by 2050 if no significant steps are taken.

This is why I strongly support the EPA targets for carbon emissions.

At this late date, it is a real question as to whether we will succeed on the climate issue. Given this uncertainty, it is precisely our actions now which matter most. It is in these situations of uncertainty that the role of moral leadership is most required.

The fossil fuel business plan – to explore, extract and sell fossil fuels is not new. And we know that fossil fuel companies do not intentionally include ending life on earth as part of their business plan, but it is clear that this is an unfortunate and very real side effect of their plan.

There is now a way to develop secure, reliable energy sources with existing technology and at costs comparable with what we spend on fossil fuel energy today AND save 2.5 million to 3 million lives a year, halt global Continue reading Justice, poverty, and doing better because we can.

Let’s not greenwash: “Cleaner Power” would get it right

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.  They’re published alongside PA IPL’s remarks. When you’re inspired, submit a written comment of your own.  

dennis groceMy name is Dennis W. Groce. I live in the town of North East, Pennsylvania, which is near Erie. I worship at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North East, where I help our congregation and others in our responses to environmental concerns that face all of us every day. With only a few exceptions, I support the EPA proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants. My support is motivated by the call heard in my faith tradition, the Bible’s account in the book of Genesis, chapter 1, as calling us to do the very best we can to preserve and protect everything in a wise manner. While that is easy to say, it’s often difficult to do. Many of those commenting on the EPA proposal are concerned about the effect these rules could have on employment and the economy. I am concerned about that too. I don’t see it as a “one or Continue reading Let’s not greenwash: “Cleaner Power” would get it right

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.  

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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. Continue reading Called to give special protection

An honorable clean-up

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. 

johnbechtelGood morning/afternoon:

My name is John Bechtel.  I’m 66 years old, retired, and live in Harrisburg.  I’m an active member in two environmental  groups. One is secular, one is faith-based, and both work hard for the cause of clean air in Pennsylvania.

But I will speak in my own voice today, and I’d like to do that by first telling you a short story from my personal life.  It’s a sort of metaphor for why I put so much time into the climate change movement.

A few years ago, when I was still teaching a 4th grade Sunday School class,  one of the kid’s parents,  an active duty Army Sergeant,  gave me what was for him an urgent call.  It had nothing to do with Sunday School for his 4th grader, for she was away on a church mission trip with his wife at the time.  Rather it was about the urgent need to put his family’s living Continue reading An honorable clean-up

Past selfishness to responsible leadership

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.

lynneIserGood Afternoon, and Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts.

My name is Lynne Iser, and I am the founder of Elder-Activists a website that is committed to inspiring, educating and supporting those of us in the second half of life to use our life experience and wisdom to create a thriving and just world for future generations.

To begin, I am fully supportive of the EPA’s proposed standard and I believe that it should be implemented promptly and without being weakened in any manner.

As a woman and a mother I am concerned about leaving a viable planet for future generations.  I feel the pain of my children who are worried about the multitude of world crises that they learn about which are caused by climate change.  Our culture and our nation uses the resources of this precious planet solely for our own use — with little thought for the needs Continue reading Past selfishness to responsible leadership