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THE EPA IS WITHDRAWING FROM THE CLEAN POWER PLAN

Scott Pruitt has announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan. Sadly, this means the coal companies could be allowed to pour even more pollution into our environment with devastating impacts on public health and obviously the climate. Why is this happening? Very probably it's because the fossil fuel industry is contributing to the GOP and the GOP needs to support their friends.

President Trump has already signed an order to undo the Clean Water Rule. He wants to slash the EPA's stsaff and budget. Our national parks and other public lands could be pumping oil before too long unless we can get things turned around. That's where SISTERS ONLINE readers come in. Please contact your elected officials and tell them to save our public lands and our environment by saying NO to withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan. Also contact Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator, and tell him to keep the Clean Power Plan.

A majority of Americans want their government to act on climate change. We must stand together and deman change for the better. The Clean Power Plan is one of the most powerful tools we have to curb carbon pollution from the power sector and move our great country toward a clean energy economy.

Please get involved. Here is the information you need to contact Scott Pruitt:

Environment Protection Agency (EPA)
Director: Scott Pruitt: pruitt.scott@epa.gov
202-564-4700
202-272-0167

Administrator Scott Pruitt
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

Thanks for getting involved!

 

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. The USCCB is focusing on particular parts of the climate change issue. Our efforts promote prudent action to address the growing impact of global climate change and pursue the common good in a very polarized debate. The bishops' primary concern is to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of climate legislation. Poor people cannot be made to bear an undue burden of the impacts of climate change or the global adjustments needed to address it.

People living in poverty--both at home and abroad--contribute least to climate change but they are likely to suffer its worst consequences with few resources to adapt and respond. The impacts of climate change--including increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts--are making the lives of the world's poorest even more precarious. Urgent action that both addresses the growing impact of climate change and acts to protect the poor and vulnerable is needed.

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3.95 billion--Age of a rock containing organic material found in Canada's Labrador region, thought to be some of the earliest known life on Earth, according to new research published in the journal "Nature."

--While nearly half of the U.S. adults believe that climate change is happening and is the result of human activity, only 8% of farmers feel the same according to a survey by Purdue and Iowa State universities.

--Seven in 10 Americans--including almost half of self-identified Trump voters--favored our staying in the Paris climate agreement, according to a Yale poll.

100--Years that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking predicted humans have left to find another planet to live on, before global warming renders Earth uninhabitable.

--WIND POWER ON THE RISE: More than 54 gigawatts of wind power capacity was installed globally in 2016, according to the Global Wind Energy Council, with turbines now in more than 90 countries. Here, a sample of the 10 countries that installed the most capacity last year, and how much annual power demand they meet by wind:

--1--China (168,732 MW)--4% of total power
--2--United States (82,184 MW)--5.5% of total power
--4--India (28,700 MW)--9.1% of total power
--7--Turkey (6,081 MW)--7.3% of total power
--8--The Netherlands (4,328 MW--8.9% of total power

--Trees absorb 1/5 of carbon emissions. (The Nature Conservancy)