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Good Stewards Protect the Environment

Posted by thelamp on November 30, 2006

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments this week in a case involving the regulation of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide from vehicles. Connecticut and other states want to force the federal government into action. The ruling could be one of the most important ever on environmental issues, and is the first such dispute about global warming to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Bible has a great deal to say about the environment,” said Pastor Parsley. “God cares about the world he created and holds people accountable for its sustained management.”

Stewardship is mentioned in at least 19 books of the Holy Scripture. This is timeless instruction and relevant today.

The Bible serves as the guidebook for Christian conduct and, if followed, will have a positive impact on the resources necessary to sustain life: clean air and water are essential to every life form. God owns the earth and people are merely charged with caring for it.

Environmental improvements are a natural consequence when people give thoughtful consideration to the impact modern lifestyles place on natural resources. In the case at hand, Massachusetts is the lead plaintiff and wants to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act. The EPA has said Congress has not given it that authority.

The Supreme Court agreed to take the case after a divided lower court sided with the federal agency. In their appeal, the states maintained the case “goes to the heart of the EPA’s statutory responsibilities to deal with the most pressing environmental problem of our time” – the threat of global warming.

In addition to Connecticut and Massachusetts, other plaintiffs are California, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. They are joined by a number of cities including Baltimore, New York City and Washington D.C., the Pacific island of America Samoa, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

Reckless environmental damage is immoral. The stakes are high, and it’s no exaggeration that that failure to address global warming will have a direct impact on the survival of the earth as we know it.

A court ruling will not immediately eliminate all carbon dioxide emissions, but it would force the EPA to set rules that would be applied to newly built vehicles over time. The threat of global warming is very real. As stewards of the land, Christians are obligated to plan for the future. Holding the nation’s leading environmental agency accountable for establishing and enforcing regulations is the logical place to start.



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