Interfaith Power & Light Opposes Keystone Pipeline

| 3/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

Clergy in Path of Pipeline Urge President Obama
Reject Keystone XL on Moral Grounds
As court decision creates new obstacle, religious leaders voice opposition

SAN FRANCISCO – Faith leaders in the path of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline are joining colleagues across the country to urge President Barack Obama to reject the project in order to curb carbon emissions and protect God’s Creation.

“This is an issue of justice,” said Pastor Kyle Childress, whose Austin Heights Baptist Church lies 15 miles from the pipeline. “TransCanada is running over people, destroying God’s earth, and pouring out climate-changing carbon, all in the name of short-term profit – and expecting our communities to shoulder the burden.”

More than 150 clergy members have joined some 4,000 people of faith in signing a letter asking the president to stop the pipeline’s construction, adopt clean energy technologies and policies that will lead a global clean energy movement. Some of those faith leaders joined a telephone press conference today to mark the letter’s release.

“As people of faith, we share your conviction that we are commanded by God to care for our planet and that the failure to respond to the threat of climate change would betray our children and future generations,” the letter says, referring to the president’s State of the Union address.

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