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Nov 28, 2018

Y.E.C.A. Welcomes New Climate Solution Proposal

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For the first time in a decade, a bipartisan climate bill will be introduced in the U.S. Congress. Sponsored by two Republicans and three Democrats, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would put a price on carbon dioxide of $15/ton in its first year and would raise the price $10/ton every year until emissions targets are met. The revenue raised from this fee would then be returned back to the American people in the form of a dividend—or rebate—check.

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Nov 26, 2018

Climate Action Is Up to Us Now

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Last week, the U.S. government released its most detailed report to date about the impacts that climate change is already visiting on American territory, citizens, and infrastructure. Originally commissioned by President Ronald Reagan and codified into law by Congress in 1990, the National Climate Assessment contains input from no fewer than 13 federal agencies. The 4th National Climate Assessment released last week is the product of the work of 300 scientists who conducted 40 regional workshops in 10 regions across the country with over 1,000 people.

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Oct 09, 2018

World Has Moral Obligation to Slow Climate Change

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On October 8, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report detailing the effects of a 1.5-degree C global temperature rise. The report was commissioned by the parties to the Paris Agreement. The body has typically used 2-degree C warming as its baseline, and this marks the first time it has explored the lower temperature threshold laid out in the Agreement. The report finds that contrary to prior assumptions, a 1.5-degree C warmer world still presents dire consequences, particularly for ecosystems and people living near coasts, on islands, and in poverty. However, the report also finds that a 1.5-degree C warmer world is significantly less dangerous than a 2-degree C warmer world, and must be pursued vigorously.

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Sep 11, 2018

Young Evangelicals Oppose Weakening Methane Standards

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 | WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to rollback important methane standards put in place to curb emissions during the natural gas extraction process. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is tens of times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

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Sep 05, 2018

On Harvey Anniversary, Evangelicals Across the U.S. Pray for Climate Action

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Hundreds of evangelical Christians in dozens of locations around the country joined in prayer over the Labor Day weekend to call attention to the ongoing work of Harvey recovery in Houston, to lift up victims of extreme weather around the world, and to call upon our leaders—both local and national—to put forward real solutions to the climate crisis.

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Aug 21, 2018

Our Response to Clean Power Plan Rollback

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Today the Administration made public a new rule to replace the Clean Power Plan. The Obama-era rule was the first significant attempt made by the federal government to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants—the country’s single largest source of carbon pollution. The new proposed rule, the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would make minor improvements at individual plants and would allow states to ease pollution rules for older plants.

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Jul 23, 2018

Young Evangelicals Applaud Congressman Curbelo’s Moral Courage on Climate Change

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JULY 23 | WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) has offered the moral leadership on climate change that has been desperately lacking in Congress for far too long. His thoughtfully-structured carbon tax bill would improve public health, protect vulnerable communities, and safeguard our generation’s future—all while exceeding the U.S. reduction commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Jul 05, 2018

Our Statement on the Resignation of Scott Pruitt

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JULY 5, 2018 | WASHINGTON, D.C.—Earlier today, President Trump accepted the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Administrator Pruitt had been under fire for months for numerous ethics scandals.

National organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, offered the following statement:

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Jun 11, 2018

Meet the Y.E.C.A. Activists Tackling Climate Change One Community at a Time

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Another academic year has come and gone, and once again our Climate Leadership Fellows cohort has achieved some truly tremendous things in communities across the country.

Climate Leadership Fellows are selected for one academic year to be trained and supported by Y.E.C.A. to be climate action leaders on their campuses and in their churches by hosting conversations, organizing their peers, and advocating for structural change. Here’s a glimpse at what our 2017-18 cohort was up to this year.

 

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Jun 05, 2018

Our Response to Proposed Coal and Nuclear Bailouts

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Last week, an internal White House memo leaked revealing that the Trump Administration, through the Department of Energy, hopes to prop up failing coal and nuclear plants with billions of taxpayer dollars, all in the name of “national security”.

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