Did you know that 31 years ago this month, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Social Development and World Peace (now called the Committee for Justice Peace and Human Development) issued a statement on energy? In the midst of the energy crisis or that time, the bishops of that committee approved what continues to be a very prophetic and highly relevant statement on a variety of issues concerning the extraction, production, use of fossil fuel energy and the hope for renewable sources of energy. In an era of climate change and current ongoing debates about our energy choices, we highly recommend that you read this document and apply its teaching to these debates. To read the document online, click here.
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Just before Christmas, members of the Coalition, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) and Franciscan Action Network (FAN), joined the National Association of Evangelicals and the Evangelical Environmental Network in applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on reducing mercury and other toxic emissions from coal and oil burning power plants. They highlighted its importance in pro-life terms. Health experts say it will dramatically reduce toxic exposure to pre-born children and prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 130,000 childhood asthma attacks each year. A statement in support of the new rule came from Bishop Blaire (of Stockton and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development) .
(July 29, 2011) Bishop Hubbard of the USCCB and Ken Hackett of Catholic Relief Services declared “morally unacceptable, even deadly cuts to poverty-focused humanitarian and development assistance,” in their letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee. Click here for the letter on foreign operations appropriations and here for their letter encouraging a balanced approach to budget and debt negotiations.