Evangelicals Oppose Latest Attempts to Drill in ANWR

A Statement by the Rev. Mitch Hescox
President/CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network

In the great gospel song we sing “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” Even the sparrow does not escape God’s care, and He created us to care in His stead.

That is precisely why we oppose the latest attempts to begin development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, recently introduced legislation that permits oil and gas development on this fragile piece of land. On Wednesday, the Senate Energy Panel approved this legislation. We are deeply disappointed by this piece of legislation and its passage from committee.

The Refuge is home to a variety of creatures, from the sparrow to the porcupine caribou. As Pro-Life Christians, we cannot support any efforts that could result in the extinction of one of God’s creatures, such as the porcupine caribou whose population is threatened by drilling in the Arctic Refuge.  

We are called to by God to be good stewards of America’s majesty. That is why over 42,000 pro-life Christians have called on our leaders to preserve and protect the pristine lands God has given us. We will continue to oppose attempts to ruin this land and harm God’s creatures through oil and gas development.

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