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Evangelical Christian Energy and Global Warming Initiative - Government Plans to Cut Emissions

February 9th 2006

Evangelical Christian Energy and Global Warming Initiative - Government Plans to Cut Emissions

President Bush

Evangelical leaders announced a call to action on global warming Wednesday.  They are asking the government and businesses to agree to on “cost-effective, market-based” regulations in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. There were 86 leaders who signed on to the “call to action” including Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life”. 

Other signers include leaders in the Salvation Army and World Vision relief organization.  Duane Liftin, the president of Wheaton College, has singed on as well.  Wheaton College has been called the “evangelical Harvard”, according to Fortune writer Marc Gunther. 

The group plans on spending $200,000 to get their message across.  This will include modest buys in TV, radio and the print media advertments.  The TV commercials will run on Fox News, CNN and local stations.  The TV ads are expected to show images of hybrid cars and windmills, and say “We can stop global warming for our kids, our world and for our Lord,” according to Gunther.  Radio ads will run on stations owned by Salem Communications.  This is a Christian firm.

 

According to their website (www.christiansandclimate.org), “We believe the problem is serious, but that cost-effective solutions are available that will also create jobs, clean up our environment, make us more efficient, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, thereby enhancing our national security. Working together, and with God's help, we can make a difference.” 

On January 30th, the Whitehouse put forth a proposal of $1.2 billion to “adopt a standard set of guiding principles for sustainable buildings: employing integrated design principles; optimizing energy performance; protecting and conserving water; enhancing indoor environmental quality; and reducing the environmental impact of the building materials.”  The DOE joined 15 other federal agencies, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in an effort to achieve the Energy Star targets for new construction. 

 

According to a US Department of Energy press release the American Institute of Architects (AIA) thinks sustainable design changes can eventually achieve large scale  energy savings.  Their goal is cut fossil fuel use in half in both constructing and operating buildings by 2010.

It is interesting that most of the president's most influential Christian political backers were notably absent from the list of signatories joining the campaign.  Frank James of the Chicago Tribune writes “But environmental issues have proved divisive within the body of believers who identify themselves as evangelicals. Some who believe the world is in the "end times," with a return of Jesus imminent, have not seen the necessity of protecting the environment for the long-term. Others, meanwhile, have taken the view espoused by the evangelicals who unveiled their campaign Wednesday, that humans were given dominion over the Earth with the responsibility to protect it.”

 
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