We have transgressed. Now let us do better.

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. 

31664_10150197269130105_5950125_nGood Morning, My name is William Thwing, I am the Pastor of the St. Paul’s UCC, in Johnstown, PA.  I am here representing Creation Care Partners, an arm of the Penn West Conference of the UCC which is devoted to Environmental Justice issues and also Greater Johnstown Creation Care, a faith-based organization from the Johnstown area serving to forewarn our citizens to the coming ravages of accelerating Climate Change and preparing them for our Changing Climate.

Human caused Carbon Pollution is the main reason our Climate is warming.  Our scientists and political leaders have known about the dangers of out of control atmospheric Carbon Dioxide for over 50 years but they have chosen to do nothing about it until now when it is almost too late.   Now, the arctic permafrost is leaking methane like a sieve. Now, holes, the size of football fields on the Siberian Shelf are being blown open by giant methane leaks.  Now, the glacial ice of the West Antarctic Shelf and Greenland is slowly sliding into the ocean, threatening to raise sea levels 10 or more feet burying American coastal cities and coastal cities across the planet under the ocean.   We, Americans, have known about this for two generations but we are so addicted to the pleasures of over consumption that we have become obese, lazy and foolish.  We have allowed the robber barons of the fossil fuel industry to dupe us Continue reading We have transgressed. Now let us do better.

(Carbon) budgeting, and dividing the pie

Don Brown is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, and the 2012 recipient of PA IPL’s Visionary Award.  See his letter to the NY Times (last of 4 letters) or Andrew Revkin’s 2010 interview of him. 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.

165395_10150399711745105_5263302_nThank you for taking comments on the proposed regulations under the Clean Air Act which when adopted will constitute a long overdue first step for the United States in reducing the enormous threat of climate change, This testimony is in strong support of the proposed regulation, yet with strong reservations that the proposed regulations by themselves are woefully inadequate for putting the United States on an emissions reductions path congruent with its ethical and moral obligations to the rest of the world.

There is scattered recognition in the US that climate change is a moral and ethical problem but little attention to the practical implications for policy entailed by the ethical dimensions of climate change. Climate change must be understood to be a civilization-challenging ethical and moral issue because of several unique facts about climate change which require Continue reading (Carbon) budgeting, and dividing the pie

“Listen with the ear of the Heart”

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.  

image14521My name is Pat Lupo and I am here today representing the Benedictine Sisters of Erie PA. I believe that Faith Communities all over the world are called to demonstrate their commitment to environmental action and to do it in partnership with environmental organizations, their local communities, and civic and governmental entities.

Speaking from this faith perspective, our call to stewardship and the moral imperative of doing no harm to Creation, I urge you to enforce Emission Guidelines that will finally limit carbon pollution. The time to act is now; we cannot continue to take a step backward each time there is pressure to do so. Our best evidence indicates Continue reading “Listen with the ear of the Heart”

from “all of the above” to energy from Above


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

621645_10152203441460105_2140971170_oPennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is made up of individuals and communities of faith, responding to climate change in active, faithful hope.  We are drawn to this work by the scripture and wisdom of our traditions.  We turn to different sources for the words, but they carry a shared call to care for Creation — for the world and all who dwell in it— and to particular care for the most vulnerable people.

Climate change magnifies ills that faith communities have long responded to: food insecurity, water insecurity, disease, conflict, and many natural disasters, and we are stepping up again.   We know that the EPA’s charge is to protect Continue reading from “all of the above” to energy from Above