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June 20, 2012
In late March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new standards that would reduce harmful emissions from new power plants. Power plants are the single largest sources of carbon dioxide pollution in our country, and the new rule seeks to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants. Currently the EPA is accepting public input on the proposal until...
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April 17, 2012
Reconciliation is God's mission-reconciling the world to God in Christ is the way Episcopalians put it. Reconciliation means restoring God's intention for the world. It's needed in the relationships between human beings and their creator, between and among human beings, and-in ways of which we are becoming increasingly aware-between human beings and the rest of creation." -...
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March 2, 2012
The reflection this week is offered by Michael Schut, Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer for the Episcopal Church For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us, Accept our repentance, Lord. (The Litany of Penitence, BCP) Wendell Berry has said that industrialism - his term for the current dominant human economic system - is in a "...
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February 22, 2012
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] On April 21, the Episcopal Church will sponsor a forum on a critical topic: The Intersection of Poverty and the Environment. Originating from St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City, UT, the two-hour ecumenical forum will be live webcast beginning at 10 am Mountain (9 am Pacific, 11 Central, noon Eastern). “Through The Intersection...
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February 16, 2012
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will debate and vote on H.R. 3408, the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act, which opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling. The proponents of drilling will attempt to use the revenues derived from activities related to drilling or exploration for oil...
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December 14, 2011
[Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] United Nations climate talks achieved minimal success, say Christian leaders and activists, who claim the outcome does too little to respond to the impact of climate change on poor countries. At the 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks, political leaders agreed to retain the Kyoto Protocol...
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December 7, 2011
[Episcopal News Service] Hotel 64 on Gordon Road features a nice breakfast spread. On a recent morning, I sat next to Professor Jesse Mugambi, a theologian from Kenya, who has a slightly unnerving tendency to keep a smile on his face while speaking of things that are no laughing matter. As we started in on our granola and fruit, the professor, almost in passing, characterized the United States as...
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November 7, 2011
Faith Based Recommendations for United States Participation in COP17 Ensuring a Global Commitment Beyond Kyoto As people and communities of faith, called to till and to tend – to protect and to serve - God’s Creation and seek justice for all people, we believe that a global framework and response to climate change is necessary to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. A...