Christian leaders call on candidates to address climate change, inequality

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The coal-fired Castle Gate Power Plant sits idle and is no longer producing electricity outside Helper, Utah on August 3, 2015. Photo by George Frey courtesy of Reuters

The coal-fired Castle Gate Power Plant sits idle and is no longer producing electricity outside Helper, Utah on August 3, 2015. Photo by George Frey courtesy of Reuters

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WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 70 evangelical, Protestant and Catholic leaders signed the statement, organized by the group Faith in Public Life.

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  • Fran

    Good luck to all those politicians in not only addressing all those problems but also in solving all of them. We can already see all their records in that regard, which truly speak volumes.

    I will stick to God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) instead as the only hope for all of us, which will make all of its promises come true (Rev. 21:3,4).

  • Eric

    Gee, I wonder if Bush and Rubio will be asked to address the same issues at the SBC thingy this week.

  • The only way to eliminate inequity and if there is still time, to put the brakes on fatal climate change is to raze the vertical economy. Leaders who talk about particular solutions are just adding hot air to our environment. http://thelastwhy.ca/poems/2012/12/13/economy.html

  • Stan

    It won’t happen if you didn’t sacrifice a goat every day for the past 42 days while self-flagellating constantly, Fran.

  • Betty Clermont

    The big money, establishment GOP is already there. Jeb Bush “has made economic opportunity the centerpiece of his message.” Charles Koch just called for “economic opportunity for all Americans especially the least fortunate.”
    “Jeb Bush backed away Wednesday from criticizing Pope Francis on climate change, but he did offer a stronger assertion than many of his Republican presidential rivals that global warming is a threat and that the federal government should address it.” (cruxnow.com)
    “Business, Pentagon pursue climate change strategies” (ncronline.org)
    “120 CEOs Managing 12 Trillion Ask G7 Countries for Bold Climate Action” (dailykos.com)
    The former chairman of Shell remarked on his industry’s “distressing” lack of progress on climate change. (dailykos.com
    “Exxon said Wednesday that it now acknowledges the risk of climate change and does not fund climate change denial groups.” (guardian.com)
    This group is wagging its finger at the inconsequential.

  • Scott Shaver

    Let the candidates focus on such non issues and they won’t be candidates much longer.

  • Irenaeus

    Stop and think for a minute about how messed up this economy is for Americans struggling everyday on part-time incomes, just to make ends meet. It’s the ultimate “damned-if-you-do” / “damned-if-you-don’t” situation. The following statements typify the kind of elitist, political, mass media and religious-driven absurdities people hear:

    1. “You must get a solid, college degree to compete, but stay away from all student debt!”

    2. “Get your creditors paid off by working as much as you can, but remember, your creditors must tell prospective employers that your FICO score disqualifies you for good jobs….and housing too!”

    3. “Give of your time, serve others and cooperate like a great Christian, but if you don’t assert yourself and prove your economic worth, then don’t expect handouts from the congregation. The key axiom for 21st
    century believers is ‘those who do not work enough should not eat!’ Hallelujah, glory to Jayzus.”

    4. “We don’t believe in…

  • Irenaeus

    (continued)
    “…evolution, but we DO believe that God’s elect prosper here and into eternity!”

    With statements like these, is it any wonder that the American economic system is on the brink of collapse? Is it any wonder that churches are losing congregations and people who are tired of “no-win” sermons from fat, spoiled TV preachers?