Posted by: tylere108 | August 31, 2009

. . . Let the Games Begin (as they say in politics)

At the beginning of August, the media learned that in the lead up to the House vote on climate and energy, lobby shops working for oil and gas companies were sending fake letters to particular members around the country. In particular, these letters were claiming that groups, such as the NAACP, are opposed to climate and energy policy (this is a false statement as the NAACP has actually been quite engaged in various coalitions working to protect communities of color from the impacts of climate change).

As I was emailing with my colleague from VA about these letters, she opened with this comment . . .

. . . .Let the Games begin (as they say in politics)

and in relfecting on all that has happened in the last month, it looks like we are in for quite the sporting event.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) in conjunction with a number of other oil and energy companies has been hosting “town hall” events all over the country. Except there is a catch – you can’t get in unless you work for an energy company (and have proper ID). TV and radio ads have been launched all over the country with false information about the bill that was passed in the House and this is just the beginning.

It is clear that those in favor of addressing climate change in a just and effectivemanner will have to continue to speak up and call for action. Its going to take each and every one of us to ensure that we achieve a strong US and global agreement.

As people of faith, we are all too aware of the challenges in life, the misinformation, and the burden being placed on God’s Creation and God’s children from the impacts of climate change.

As my colleague from VA reflected on what we are up against and what lies ahead she was comforted by the keen vision and focus of the faith community, our ability to discern and our ability to recognize the need to “stick close and pull together in ranks”

It is clear, as it has been in the past, that our collective voices will and can make the difference.


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