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.


The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox*


The Evangelical Environmental Network                                

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  • Jim Merel
    signed 2016-12-10 19:37:50 -0500
  • K Kragen
    signed 2016-12-10 19:36:38 -0500
  • Alan Hirsch
    signed 2016-12-10 19:16:36 -0500
    We MUST make the right choices now or fail as stewards of God’s creation as well as doom later generations.
  • William Lewis
    signed 2016-12-10 18:51:38 -0500
  • Jean Burmaster
    signed 2016-12-10 18:14:05 -0500
  • Troy Ladine
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  • Keith Miller
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  • Kathleen Braden
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  • James Gerhart
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  • Koann Skrzyniarz
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  • Deborah Somerville
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  • Dorcas McCown
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  • Kathy Callahan-Howell
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  • Nelson Lee
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    Sign the petition: Say No to AG Pruitt As Next EPA Head
  • Jack Swearengen
    signed 2016-12-10 16:50:18 -0500
  • Patrick Watters
    signed 2016-12-10 16:49:16 -0500
  • Howard Snyder
    signed 2016-12-10 16:48:00 -0500
    More and more Christians and other citizens are concerned about this, and about protection the environment and our climate.
  • Tom Cotter
    signed 2016-12-10 16:47:53 -0500
  • Alexander Gilchrist
    signed 2016-12-10 15:45:31 -0500
  • Katherine Taylor
    signed 2016-12-10 15:04:02 -0500
  • Pat Hudson
    signed 2016-12-10 14:45:49 -0500
    The EPA Director should, first and foremost, be a strong advocate for protecting the environment. In no way does Attorney General Pruitt fit this description. Mr. Pruitt’s past actions show that he is more concerned with exploiting God’s Creation than protecting it.
  • Donald Nguyen
    signed 2016-12-10 14:45:45 -0500
  • Leah Kostamo
    signed 2016-12-10 14:42:23 -0500
  • Robert Clay Calhoun
    signed 2016-12-10 14:30:09 -0500
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  • Chris Morehouse
    signed 2016-12-10 13:45:23 -0500
    Mr. Pruitt is a clear and present danger.
  • David Davis
    signed 2016-12-10 13:39:41 -0500
    Today and future generations need fresh air, clean water, and healthy soils that provide nutritious food and sustainable viable lifestyles.

    We are called to be stewards of Earth . We achieve this via science based decisions not politics. Pruitt, your candidate, has a history of cowing down to Big Ag & Biz with myopic short-term profits in mind

    Not principles of long-term care for generations on Earth.

    Please reconsider someone else who can advocate and lead us in environmental stewardship.
  • Kris Johnson
    signed 2016-12-10 12:09:38 -0500
    Kris Johnson
  • Erin Durant
    signed 2016-12-10 11:33:11 -0500
  • Paula Miner
    signed 2016-12-10 10:54:45 -0500
    Paula Miner
  • Jeanne Renfro
    signed 2016-12-10 10:44:58 -0500