Washington, DC (June 8 2007)- The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works looked into the religious aspects of combating global warming on June 7, with witnesses on both sides of the issue championing the need to protect the world’s poor. Representatives of the Episcopalians, Catholics, Southern Baptists, Reform Jews, and the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) gave testimony. Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said that the witnesses represented “over 100 million Americans of faith who are joining together to protect God’s Creation from global warming.”
Concern with the effects of climate policy on the world’s poor was a recurring theme. “What will government regulation on this issue do for the economic development of poor countries in providing electrification, water purification and sanitation for the world’s poor?” said Russell D. Moore, dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s School of Theology. Rabbi David Saperstein, director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said there was a rare degree of unity between Jewish and Christian denominations on the urgent need to address global warming and its impact on the poor. “This is not simply an issue of the environment…. It is at the core of the religious community’s passion for economic justice.”
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