Environment advocates consider Obama climate plan a good step forward

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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses and wipes his forehead as he talks about his vision to reduce carbon pollution June 25 during a speech at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters)
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses and wipes his forehead as he talks about his vision to reduce carbon pollution June 25 during a speech at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics working for environmental justice welcomed President Barack Obama’s plan to address climate change, saying it is an ambitious proposal that deserves watching to ensure that it is carried out. The primary concern identified by the faith-based environment advocates revolves around how the plan will affect low-income communities around the world and workers who may be displaced because of the shift toward renewable energy sources.

“It seems ambitious and it seems like it’s hitting all the right notes in terms of meeting some basic moral criteria that the bishops have,” Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, told Catholic News Service June 25. “But the proof will be in the pudding to see if the administration can be sure these plans don’t add additional burdens to poor people,” Misleh said. “It’s nice to see the administration doing something significant about climate change. … The question for Catholics (is), ‘Are we promoting our economic good or are we promoting the common good?'”

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  1. Why is a Catholic news service even reporting this story? What is “Environmental Justice” any way? Is it cruelty to trees? Who are these “Faith-based environment advocates”? How do they even make a living? Listen to Mr. Misleh’s official title: “Executive Director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change”. The job I want is “Executive Director of the Catholic Coalition on Asteroid Strikes.”

    I’ll tell you what’s going on here. There are major scandals coming out of the White house, i.e. IRS is going after pro-life organizations, the NSA is spying on Americans and ignoring Muslim Terrorists, our American ambassador and others in Benghazi were slaughtered with no support, we have people in our own government that are supposed to be protecting you, me, our kids and our grandkids but giving away information that could get us killed.

    So what does our president do? He goes to Georgetown University and talks about the weather. Personally, I love to talk about the weather because the topic offends no one. So while he says the Keystone Pipeline may cause problems with the polar ice caps, the Russians and Chinese just laugh. God help us. JO

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