That Good Ol’ Anti-Carbon Religion
True believers from the Religion of Green stormed the gates of Congress today, spreading the deep ecology gospel. The National Council of Churches Nobody Goes to Any More put out the obligatory press release:
Religious leaders from Christian and Jewish communities spoke in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution rule today at hearings in Washington and Chicago.
The proposed rule would require new power plants to meet a set standard for the amount of carbon they emit when producing energy. The standard will improve the health of God’s Creation and the health of our communities without any increase in the cost of electricity, supporters say.
Nothing like faith (credo quia absurdum—“I believe because it is absurd”) in action.
“If we fail to preserve and protect this world – our only world - by failing to address rising levels of carbon pollution, we betray our responsibility to one another and to future generations,” said Barabara Weinstein, Legislative Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Weinstein was also testifying on behalf of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL).
Carbon dioxide is one of the key greenhouse gases causing global climate change which includes warmer temperatures, more natural disasters and more frequent floods and droughts which affect food production around the world.
Remember the good old days, when global warming hysterics would berate skeptics who pointed to unusually big snowfalls and shouted, “that’s weather! We’re talking climate!” Good times.
Oh, and if plants could speak, I wonder what they’d think of the idea that CO2 is “pollution.”
“As people of faith, we are called to serve as stewards of God’s good creation and to seek justice for those who are hungry, poor, or marginalized,” said Mikka McCracken of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Hunger Program.
She winds up, rears back, here’s the pitch…
McCracken, who also represented the National Council of Churches, said, “We know that climate change has already begun to affect agriculture in the US and around the world, endangering food security for the people of our nation and all members of the global family. Lutherans care and Lutherans make a difference. With [The EPA’s] systemic level help to enact rules that will reduce carbon emissions, we can do more—together.”
Studies show that carbon pollution can be linked to an increased mortality rate and disproportionate health impacts in the African American community and other communities of color. Asthma and other respiratory problems are three times as likely to plague and even kill African Americans.
And she throws a 65 mph fastball right down the middle of the plate: “Carbon dioxide is RAAAAAAAACCCCCCCIIIIIIISSSSSTTTTTTTTT!”
The Rev. Dr. Mari Castellanos of the United Church of Christ made it clear that “Climate change is having enormous impact on Creation – the very Creation that God declared ‘good’; the very Creation that we depend on to live life here on Earth; the very Creation that is a gift of God, not only to us humans, but to all the creatures of the Earth.”
Yes, well. I don’t know what reaction this kind of fact-free, faith-based, reality-challenged “testimony” might have received in Congress, but I know what the response should have been:
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