Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Faith Groups Send Letter Praising BLM Methane Limits

Leaders from the faith community in Colorado and across the Southwest are sending a letter today to President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanking them for adopting new rules to limit methane waste on public and tribal lands. The letter said the policy is in sync with church efforts to counter wasteful attitudes and behaviors that Pope Francis has called a "throwaway culture." Adrian Miller is executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches, one of some 25 groups to sign the letter. "People of faith do care about God's creation and about being better stewards of the earth," he said. "But we also are mindful that this is an important industry, and we like this rule because we think it strikes a good balance." He said the oil and gas industry is critical for Colorado's economy, particularly in rural areas, and said limiting waste can increase production. President-elect Donald Trump hasn't taken a position on methane limits but has promised to roll back regulations on fossil-fuel development. Miller said he hopes the faith community's support for the Bureau of Land Management's rules will help convince the incoming administration to keep them in place...more

If you go to the Colorado Council of Churches website, you will find a link to their "partner" Eco-Justice Ministries, where you will find links to their "colleagues" such as the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs and Interfaith Power & Light (A religious response to global warming).

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