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evangelicals call for action on climate change

April 2006

Prominent figures in the US evangelical Christian movement have urged businesses to tackle climate change and have called for regulation on the topic.
The leaders, often closely allied with president George W. Bush, admit their new stance may ‘surprise outside observers’, but say they have produced a statement calling for action because ‘our faith requires us to address [the problem]’.

The statement, titled Climate change: an evangelical call to action, says the US government should ‘pass and implement national legislation requiring sufficient economy-wide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through cost-effective, market-based mechanisms’. It praises six companies – BP, Cinergy, Duke Energy, DuPont, General Electric and Shell – for ‘moving ahead of the pace of government action through innovative measures’, and says more should follow suit.

Signatories include Robert Andringa, head of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and Leith Anderson, former president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

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