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An open letter to the PA legislature: Evangelicals urge you to defend children’s health, not coal co. profits

Dear Representatives, According to the House Calendar, HB 2025 will be brought before the entire House tomorrow. As you consider the bill’s merits, please consider the old axiom: “penny wise dollar foolish.” There is much discussion and fear about rumors of RGGI closing coal fired electric generating in Pennsylvania. The reality is that coal plants will […]

Evangelicals commend Congressional Democrats new Climate Report

The Evangelical Environmental Network commends the release of the report entitled Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy and Just America by the Democratic majority of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. We thank Chair Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) for their leadership on the […]

A small bipartisan step toward environmental justice passes in the Senate: Great American Outdoors Act

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic while once again confronting our greatest national sin—racism—coming together for reconciliation and healing is more important than ever. Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in the Senate does just that. By Rev. Mitch Hescox Evangelical Environmental Network For many, the best place to seek freedom, healing, and […]

Restoring our national parks: Evangelicals support the Great American Outdoors Act

With the current COVID-19 crisis, safe and easy access to the gift of America’s beautiful outdoors has never been more important for our spiritual, physical, and emotional health. Years of deferred maintenance have left our National Parks and other public lands with deteriorating infrastructure and crumbling trails, roads, and visitor centers. By establishing the National […]

Evangelical Environmental Network: Lamenting Racism

Any form of inequality is sinful and unbiblical. As evangelical Christians whose faith traditions deplore any acts of white supremacy and racial injustice, we join in mourning Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. These wrongful deaths illustrate the ongoing prevalence of racism in our society. By The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, President/CEO and The […]

Evangelicals applaud PA’s move to protect children by cutting VOCs

Currently, over 300,000 of Pennsylvania’s children attend 1,118 schools within a half mile of oil and gas facilities, exposing them to methane and other toxins. As pro-life Christians, defending children’s health remains at the core of who we are. That’s why we are pleased that Pennsylvania’s Department of Environment Protection just released its standard for […]

Pro-life Evangelicals want to protect children from mercury poisoning. Why doesn’t Trump?

President Donald Trump and his Administration claim to be pro-life, but their actions time and again prove otherwise. This week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has completely disregarded his agency’s mission of protecting human health by finalizing his dangerous plan to alter the lifesaving Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS). By Rev. Mitch Hescox Evangelical Environmental Network […]

Evangelical Environmental Network: Subsidize families, NOT pollution

Last week, in what can only be called ugly and ill-advised, Pennsylvania President Pro Tempore Senator Scarnati forwarded HB 1100—the so called “Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit”—to Governor Wolf for his signature. While the final passage of HB 1100 occurred on February 4, 2020, Senator Scarnati chose the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic as […]

Evangelical Environmental Network responds to the Senate Energy Bill

The American Energy Innovation Act is a modest but important step in transitioning us to a cleaner and more efficient economy. In a time of increasing partisanship, this bill shows that Republicans and Democrats can still find common ground to help create the common good. By Rev. Mitch Hescox Evangelical Environmental Network Such constructive bipartisanship […]