Over 95,000 pro-life Christians are calling on Senators to defend the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Methane Rule, issued in November 2016. This regulation is under attack in Congress. The House of Representatives has already passed legislation in the form of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution. This is the most extreme measure Congress can take to both kill a regulation and bar federal agencies from issuing any similar regulations in the future. The Senate is now considering this extreme CRA approach as well.
This call by Christians for Senators to defend the BLM Methane Rule is part of a pro-life effort to “support strong regulations to cut [methane] pollution from both new and existing leaks from our natural gas infrastructure on public and private lands.” The leaks, venting, and flaring spew out smog precursors, as well as other toxic pollutants and cancer-causing agents like benzene.
“Studies have shown that smog, VOCs, and air toxics have a disproportionate impact upon life in the womb; for those near production sites the emissions have been linked to birth defects and pre-term births,” said the President of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), the Rev. Mitch Hescox.
In addition to protecting the unborn, evangelical Christians want our country’s policies to reflect good resource and financial stewardship. The leaks, venting, and flaring of such a valuable national resource is the opposite of good stewardship. In a 2014 study the Western Values Project estimated that “American taxpayers could conservatively lose almost $800 million over the next decade due to natural gas being flared or vented from federal lands.”
“This money could be used to help fund education, or infrastructure, or for tax rebates or medical clinics – just about anything rather than let it disappear in the air,” said Hescox.
Here are some select totals from pro-life Christians in specific states:
Arizona = 5,654 Nevada = 2,544
Colorado = 3,042 Ohio = 2,678
Florida = 8,748 Pennsylvania = 3,375
North Carolina = 3,164
“For the sake of the unborn and our kids, we are calling for all Senators to do the right thing and oppose this extreme CRA approach or other legislation designed to kill or diminish the BLM Methane Rule,” said Rev. Hescox.