Say No to AG Pruitt As Next EPA Head

Dear President-Elect Trump:

Congratulations on your election as President.  We write you as evangelical and Catholic pro-life Christian leaders who share your faith.  We pray that God gives you the wisdom and compassion you need to be the leader He is calling you to be.

Psalm 72:13 says a righteous king “will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy he will save” (NASB).  Jesus also teaches us to care for the vulnerable (e.g. Mt. 25), and when God created humanity he commanded us to be good stewards of His creation (Gen. 1:28; 2:15). Together these are linked in our defense of life: from the moment of conception until natural death a whole life ethic permeates both Catholic social teaching and the evangelical commitment to the sanctity of life, as articulated by The National Association of Evangelicals. Caring for God’s creation is a matter of life and our faith compels us to act, especially to reduce pollution.  We have made important progress while our economy has continued to grow, but there is vital work still to be done.

More than half of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air.  Air pollution has been linked to birth defects, low birth weight, premature births, stillbirths, and infant deaths. One-in-three children in the United States suffer from asthma, allergies, ADHD, and autism – all with links to fossil fuels and petrochemicals.  Methane and other organic compounds leaking from natural gas production have been reported to cause birth defects and early term births, and these pollutants make it next to impossible for states like California, Texas, and Pennsylvania to reduce smog to safe levels.  Climate change is one of the greatest challenges our nation faces, including health impacts like the increase of vector-borne diseases like Lyme disease, dengue fever, and Zika.

Given these threats to the vulnerable, who as Christians we are called to defend, we ask you to withdraw Attorney General Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA Administrator plays a crucial role in defending all of us from the health consequences of pollution, especially vulnerable populations like the unborn, children, the elderly, those with heart and lung conditions, and others with special susceptibilities.  Mr. Pruitt’s past actions suggest he would not defend the vulnerable from pollution.

All of us desire pure air and clean water and the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to aspire to the abundant life that Jesus’ brings.  Unfortunately, that opportunity is hindered by pollution that poisons the minds, lungs, and hearts of our children, born and unborn. 

Let us work together with all Americans to create a healthier and more prosperous future, one that the next EPA Administrator helps bring about.  This will require another candidate in place of Mr. Pruitt.

We would be happy to discuss this with you.  Thank you for considering our request.

Sincerely,

The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox*

President/CEO

The Evangelical Environmental Network                                

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  • Christine Guldi
    signed 2016-12-12 18:39:15 -0500
  • Douglas Obenhaus
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  • Michael Leggett
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    Choose someone that will help protect the environment from man.
  • Michael Nacrelli
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  • Jonathan karyampudi
    signed 2016-12-12 11:27:15 -0500
    Respected Sir/Madam

    I am Pastor. Jonathan from India (Andhrapradesh). I am working as a pastor and as a community development organizer from the last 22 years.I am the Founder and President to Rural Care Ministries.Rural Care Ministries is a registered not profit and ISO 9001-2015 certified organization in India. We are conducting Education, Health, Environment, community development, Human Trafficking awareness and Income-generation programs in rural and remote areas.All of our target people are agricultural labors and very poor. We have conducted 4 coaching centers for school going children in various villages up to 2014. There are 200 children were attended to this classes.We were provided notebooks and one pair dress to these children every year.There are some orphan and semi-orphan children in this centers. But we have stopped this centers with lack of financial support.We have recently started a primary school for non school going children in a village with one good organization support.There are 45 children in this school.We are providing one meal to the children including education. We are also helping to widows and old age persons. We have been giving sarees and Blankets to the widows every year.These programs are conducting by our own efforts.


    .Kindly give support to reach our goal. We have FCRA (Foreign contribution Regulating Act) number.Thanking you.Our website is www.ruralcareministries.org


    With Kind regards

    Jonathan

    13th Line, Sivanagaraju colony,

    Reddypalem post,

    Via Pedakakani,

    Guntur District,

    AP, India
  • Josj Garner
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  • Christopher Brownell
    signed 2016-12-12 01:19:29 -0500
    I oppose this nomination and request that the President endeavor instead to hire someone with a record of protective actions to head the EPA.
  • Bill Dean
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  • Daniel Kline
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    If we don’t protect the earth, she will be mercilessly just. No wealth, power, or other quality will protect any of us from her wrath. Look into your children’s eyes and ask yourself, “What is the world that I will be leaving them?”.
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