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Hundreds of Midwest Faith Leaders Support the Carbon Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2014

Contact: Julia Nerbonne, Executive Director Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, julia@mnipl.org, 612 810 1577

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- 100 religious leaders representing 73 faith communities, and 12 denominations throughout Minnesota, and 400 faith leaders throughout the Midwest signed a letter to President Obama in support of the first-ever nationwide standards to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants released June 2nd.

Rev Susan Mullin, of Faith United Methodist Church, responded to the new standards saying, "our actions over the next decade will determine the trajectory of global warming for centuries. Not acting to reduce our carbon emissions? That would be sinful."

The Clean Power Plan proposal marks a common sense step forward in acting on climate change and aims to cut carbon emissions 30% nationwide. The EPA estimates that 15,800 to 19,100 renewable energy jobs will be created between 2017-2020. Moreover, Minnesota has been recognized as a leader after reducing carbon, strengthening the state's economy, and creating jobs.

The plan is met with wide support from Minnesota’s faith leaders who know that climate action is a moral imperative. As written in the letter to President Obama, “It is the role of faith leaders to help others connect the dots between climate change and its impacts, and to advocate for meaningful solutions.” Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is helping hundreds of faith communities across the state to engage on climate action through practical solutions, community dialogue, and policy advocacy.  

Addressing climate change requires action from all of us, and faith leaders are ready to lead the way and support life sustaining, historic initiatives like the Clean Power Plan Proposal.

Read More letters of support here:

Pastor Travis Norvell's letter in the Star Tribune

Bill Mittlefehldt's Letter to the Editor 

Rev. Susan Mullin's Letter to the Editor