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Congress Asked by 200 Scientists to Address Climate Change

As reported by the  Catholic Climate Covenant newsletter; a letter was sent in early July 2013, to Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Members of the United States Congress urging members of Congress to act on climate change and calling for legislation to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.

The letter was drafted by and represents more than 200 professors and scientists who are also of the Christian faith. The letter is published below along with the collection of signatures. The press conference to announce the signing of the letter was recorded and is very interesting. To listen to the recording click HERE.

The following is from the Catholic Climate Covenant newsletter.

200 Evangelical Scientists Call on Congress for Climate Change Action

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United States Capitol in Daylight | Credit: Kmccoy | Wikimedia Commons

Over 200 top scientists who identify as evangelical Christians from across the country released a letter this week calling on Congress to act on the moral and scientific imperative to address climate change. The letter — framed in scripture — points to the call to care for the poor and steward God’s creation as key elements contributing to their concern.

The article goes on to note that the scientists who wrote and signed the letter come from all over the country…Their connection to one another comes from their shared scientific expertise and their faith-rooted commitment to use their knowledge to care for creation.

To listen to a recording of the press conference that announced the signing of this letter, click here.

To read the letter click HERE.

July 10, 2013
Dear Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Members of the United States Congress:

As evangelical scientists and academics, we understand climate change is real and action is urgently needed. All of God’s Creation – humans and our environment -is groaning under the weight of our uncontrolled use of fossil fuels, bringing on a warming planet, melting ice, and rising seas. The negative consequences and burdens of a changing climate will fall disproportionately on those whom Jesus called “the least of these”: the poor, vulnerable, and oppressed. Our nation has entrusted you with political power; we plead with you to lead on this issue and enact policies this year that will protect our climate and help us all to be better stewards of Creation.

Average global temperatures are at their highest level within the measurement record, and we are beginning to see indications of increasingly disturbed weather. For example, 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded for the contiguous United States, and it will go down as one of the most destructive and disruptive years in U.S. history: wildfires, drought, superstorms, and public health outbreaks. This past year is only one example of the patterns of change we expect to see as the climate warms globally. We’re already spending billions in emergency aid for the victims of hurricanes and weather disasters, and these expenses will only increase as the “once in a lifetime” storms become the new normal.

The Bible tells us that “love does no harm to its neighbor” (Romans 13:10), yet the way we live now harms our neighbors, both locally and globally. For the world’s poorest people, climate change means dried-up wells in Africa, floods in Asia that wash away crops and homes, wildfires in the U.S. and Russia, loss of villages and food species in the Arctic, environmental refugees, and disease. Our changing climate threatens the health, security, and well-being of millions of people who are made in God’s image. The threat to future generations and global prosperity means we can no longer afford complacency and endless debate. We as a society risk being counted among “those who destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18).

We call on you to pass meaningful legislation during this Congress to reduce carbon emissions and protect our environment, thereby strengthening the long-term outlook for our economy and our children. As Christian scientists and educators, we offer our knowledge, experience, and prayerful witness to assist you and all of our nation’s leaders who are willing to address this urgent challenge.
Sincerely,

Dr. Tom Ackerman
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Carolyn Anderson
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Stanley Anderson
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California

Dr. Brian Aukema
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo Credit: President George W. Bush delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the United States Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives at the United States Capitol on 28 January 2003 | White House photo by Susan Sterner | Wikipedia Commons | Climate Change

Prof. Michael Bailey
Anderson University
Anderson, Indiana

Dr. Jonathan Bakker
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Marvin Bauer
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Philip Bays
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, Indiana

Dr. Caroline Bentley
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, Oklahoma

Dr. Abram Bicksler
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Prof. Russell Bjork
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Dr. Curtis Blankespoor
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Harvey Blankespoor
Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Dr. Mark Bloom
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Robert Boomsma
Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Illinois

Dr. Dorothy Boorse
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Prof. Michael Bosscher
Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Illinois

Dr. Sheri Boyce
Messiah College
Grantham, Pennsylvania

Prof. Lynn Braband
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Dr. James Bradley
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Robert Bringolf
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Dr. Joshua Brokaw
Abilene Christian University
Abilene, Texas

Dr. Jeff Brown
Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Dr. Douglas Bulthuis
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington

Dr. Russell Camp
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Dr. David Campbell
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Dr. Clayton Carlson
Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Illinois

Dr. Chris Carmichael
Bob Jones University
Greenville, South Carolina

Dr. Walter Cho
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California

Dr. Hyun Joong Cho
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Dr. James Clark
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Stephen Cole
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe, Kansas

Dr. Bruce Congdon
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, Washington

Dr. John Cossel, Jr.
Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, Idaho

Dr. Lisa Crow
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, Oklahoma

Dr. Thomas F. Cummings
Bradley University
Peoria, Illinois

Dr. Robert De Haan
Dordt College
Sioux Center, Iowa

Dr. William Deutsch
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Dr. Calvin DeWitt
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Prof. Jeffrey Divino
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut

Dr. David Dornbos Jr.
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Mike Dorrell
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California

Dr. Ruth Douglas Miller
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Dr. Job Ebenezer
Technology for the Poor
Westerville, Ohio

Dr. Gary Emberger
Messiah College
Grantham, Pennsylvania

Dr. Darrel Falk
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California

Dr. Chris Farrell
Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Leo Finkenbinder
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Lloyd Fisher
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Vanessa Fitsanakis
King University
Bristol, Tennessee

Dr. Aaron Fletcher
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, Texas

Dr. David K. Foster
Messiah College
Grantham, Pennsylvania

Dr. Michael Freake
Lee University
Cleveland, Tennessee

Dr. Laura Furlong
Northwestern College
Orange City, Iowa

Dr. Herb Fynewever
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Robert Gammon
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

Dr. Jason Ganley
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado

Dr. Luke Gascho
Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana

Prof. Raymond Gates
Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Mark Gathany
Cedarville University
Cedarville, Ohio

Dr. Dale Gentry
Northwestern College
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Dwight Ginn
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Micah Green
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Brian T. Greuel
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Dr. Roger Griffioen
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Jeff Griffitts
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, Oklahoma

Dr. Herb Grover
Wayland Baptist University
Plainview, Texas

Dr. Terry Gustafson
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Loren Haarsma
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Steven Hall
Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dr. Rick Hammer
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, Texas

Dr. Wesley H. Hanson
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, Oklahoma

Dr. David Hartnett
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Prof. Elizabeth Hasenmyer
Taylor University
Upland, Indiana

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Kevin Heaney
Ocean Acoustical Services and Instrumentation Systems
Lexington, Massachusetts

Dr. Matthew Heun
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Gregory Hitzhusen
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Dr. David Hoferer
Judson University
Elgin, Illinois

Dr. Thomas Hooyer
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Prof. Elizabeth Horvath
Westmont College
Santa Barbara, California

Dr. Michael Huster
Nyack College
Nyack, New York

Dr. Dan Ippolito
Anderson University
Anderson, Indiana

Dr. Randy Isaac
IBM
Armonk, New York

Dr. Forest Isbell
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Delano Janutolo
Anderson University
Anderson, Indiana

Dr. Randal Johnson
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Carey Johnson
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Dr. Ian Johnston
Bethel University
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Chris Keil
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Wayne Keith
McMurry University
Abilene, Texas

Dr. Robert Keys
Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. John Korstad
Oral Roberts University
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dr. Kirk Larsen
Luther College
Decorah, Iowa

Dr. Tom Lee
Abilene Christian University
Abilene, Texas

Dr. Curtis Lee
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, Texas

Prof. Irvin Levy
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Dr. Raymond Lewis
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Erik Lindquist
Messiah College
Grantham, Pennsylvania

Dr. Richard Lindroth
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Greg Long
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Eric Long
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Larry Louters
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. William Lynch
University of Evansville
Evansville, Indiana

Dr. Thomas Mangum
Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, Idaho

Dr. Bryan Mark
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Dr. April Maskiewicz
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California

Dr. Jon Masso
Daystar University
Athi River, Kenya

Dr. Ann Mayo
Tarrant County College
Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Michelle McCully
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Prof. Karen McReynolds
Hope International University
Fullerton, California

Dr. Laura Meitzner Yoder
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Clarence Menninga
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Wendy L. Mercier
Eastern University
St. Davids, Pennsylvania

Dr. Grace Ju Miller
Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, Indiana

Dr. Keith Miller
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Dr. Kristy Miller
University of Evansville
Evansville, Indiana

Dr. Mike Mooring
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California

Dr. Stephen Moshier
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Lytton Musselman
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia

Dr. Timothy Nelson
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Chris Newhouse
Spring Arbor University
Township, Michigan

Prof. Andrew Newhouse
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
Syracuse, New York

Dr. Karen Nordell Pearson
Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Dr. Jennifer Noseworthy
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Dr. Han Chuan Ong
King University
Bristol, Tennessee

Dr. Laura Ong
King University
Bristol, Tennessee

Dr. Dawne Page
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California

Dr. Rafe Payne
Biola University
La Mirada, California

Dr. Wesley Pearson
St. Olaf College
Northfield, Minnesota

Dr. Kenneth Petersen
Bethel University
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Kenneth Piers
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Jeffrey Ploegstra
Dordt College
Sioux Center, Iowa

Dr. Derek Posselt
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dr. Marla Potess
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, Texas

Dr. Darren Proppe
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Kathleen Purvis-Roberts
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges
Claremont, California

Dr. Michael Pyle
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Max Reams
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Jan Reber
Taylor University
Upland, Indiana

Prof. Stanley Reczek
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Dr. Hal Reed
Oral Roberts University
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dr. Jeffrey Regier
Taylor University
Upland, Indiana

Dr. Timothy Richmond
Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, Missouri

Dr. Jon Roberts
Cadmus Group
Arlington, Virginia

Dr. David Robinson
Utah State University
Logan, Utah

Dr. John Roe
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

Dr. Thomas Roose
Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Illinois

Dr. Paul Rothrock
Taylor University
Upland, Indiana

Dr. John Rowley
Houghton College
Houghton, New York

Dr. John Sanderson
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Dr. Jeffrey Schloss
Westmont College
Santa Barbara, California

Dr. Jonathon Schramm
Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana

Dr. Abbie Schrotenboer
Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Illinois

Dr. John Schutt
James A. Rhodes State College
Lima, Ohio

Dr. Arthur Schwarz
Southwestern Adventist University
Keene, Texas

Dr. Ryan Sensenig
Goshen College
Goshen, Indiana

Dr. Andrew Sensenig
Tabor College
Hillsboro, Kansas

Dr. Daniel Sharda
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Joseph Sheldon
Messiah College
Grantham, Pennsylvania

Dr. Walt Sinnamon
Southern Wesleyan University
Central, South Carolina

Dr. Kumar Sinniah
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. R. Darrell Smith
Global Environmental Relief
Conyers, Georgia

Dr. Ralph Stearley
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Eric Steinkamp
Northwest University
Kirkland, Washington

Dr. Craig Story
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Dr. Darren Stoub
Dordt College
Sioux Center, Iowa

Dr. Aaron Sullivan
Houghton College
Houghton, New York

Dr. Michael Summers
George Mason University

Dr. Jack Swearengen
Washington State University, Vancouver
Vancouver, Washington

Dr. Sara Sybesma-Tolsma
Northwestern College
Orange City, Iowa

Dr. Lou Sytsma
Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Illinois

Dr. Kenneth Sytsma
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. David Terrell
Warner Pacific College
Portland, Oregon

Dr. Perry Tompkins
Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, Missouri

Dr. Todd Tracy
Northwestern College
Orange City, Iowa

Dr. Donna Tucker
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Dr. Daniel Tucker
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana

Prof. Jonathan Twining
Eastern Nazarene College
Quincy, Massachusetts

Dr. Dave Unander
Eastern University
St. Davids, Pennsylvania

Dr. Gerald van Belle
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Randall Van Dragt
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Fred Van Dyke
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
Mancelona, Michigan

Dr. Douglas Vander Griend
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Steven VanderLeest
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Aggie Veld
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Illinois

Dr. Pamela Veltkamp
McMurry University
Abilene, Texas

Dr. Hans Verlinde
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

Dr. David Vosburg
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California

Dr. Peter Walhout
Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. David Warners
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Matthew Waterman
Eastern Nazarene College
Quincy, Massachusetts

Dr. Leslie Wickman
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, California

Dr. Douglas Wiens
Washington University in Saint Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Alex Williams
York College of Nebraska
York, Nebraska

Dr. Mark Winslow
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, Oklahoma

Dr. Ken Wolgemuth
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dr. Richard Wright
Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Dr. Davis Young
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Sharon Young
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany, Oklahoma

Dr. Uko Zylstra
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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