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DON'T TERMINATE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

You may have seen it on the national news. President Trump and the Republicans are trying to get rid of the EPA. During the Obama years, the EPA was vital for the protection of the planet. At that time, it was led by Gina McCarthy, who was very much into protecting our planet--clean air, clean water, etc. Now things have changed!

Will you contact your Representative and tell him/her to stop the attacks on the EPA? Republican or Democrat, your Representative needs to be contacted. The current EPA Chair, Scott Pruitt, is doing everything he can to get Representatives to comply with his wishes to damage the EPA so bad it won't be able to recover--no matter who is in the White House. Obviously, President Trump is on Pruitt's side!

Pruitt is a climate denier who feels the EPA is not essential and the money given to it can better be used in other areas, like Big Oil or defense. If Pruitt wins, the Clean Power Plan will be gutted.

Please act now! Contact your Representative and say you are strongly opposed to gutting the EPA for the reasons stated above or add your own personal reasons. The bill number is HR 861 and the title is "To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency." Please site the bill number when you contact your Representative. Tell them to stand up for our environment by opposing this bill.

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

58.69 degrees F.--The average temperature across the world's land and ocean surfaces in 2016, making it the hottest year on record for the third year in a row, according to NASA and NOAA.

--15 of the 16 hottest years ever recorded have been in the 21st century. (Institute for Policy Studies)

400 p.p.m.--The average concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, a threshold even pessimistic climate-change scientists believed Earth would not reach for decades, according to the World Meteorological Organization.