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Letter: Thanks for climate leadership

  • Author: Rev. Curtis E. Karns et al.
    | Opinion
  • Updated: March 21
  • Published March 21

We are a group of Alaska religious leaders tasked with giving statewide oversight to churches from a number of religious traditions. We want to take this opportunity to thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski for the op-ed piece “It’s time to act on climate change” she and Sen. Joe Manchin co-authored this week. We recognize the leadership she is showing at a time when issues tend to be so politicized that they often remain largely unaddressed. We recognize that climate change is having such a drastic impact on the lives of Alaskans, and on the world, that any delay in effective response is unconscionable.

As people of faith, we recognize that God calls on us, the human part of Earthly creation, to serve a unique role as stewards of God’s beloved creation. Humanity’s activities will have significant effects on the Earth. It is therefore important that we work together to develop policies and practices that tend toward more positive effects than negative ones. Now that the negative effects of climate change are increasingly upon us, it is clearly time for new policy to bring an effective and quick response. We applaud Sen. Murkowski’s efforts, both in beginning to make the case for such policy and in pursuing a bipartisan approach in developing that policy.

As Sen. Murkowski is chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we urge her to seek solutions that truly result in a decrease in overall carbon emissions. We point out that at the same time the electricity sector decreased its carbon emissions, as she noted in her article, total overall emissions rose. We need policy that not only makes more renewable energy available, but also reduces the amount of fossil fuels consumed nationwide. We are sure her committee is aware of this, and we encourage its members to make their best efforts to develop effective policy.

Again, we want to applaud and encourage Sen. Murkowski’s efforts. We look forward to supporting this work in any way we can as it moves forward.

— Rev. Dr. Curtis E. Karns, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Yukon, PC (USA)

The Rt. Rev. Mark Lattime, Bishop, Diocese of Alaska, Episcopal Church

Rev. Shelley Wickstrom, Bishop, Synod of Alaska, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Amer.

Rev. Carlo Rapanut, Superintendent, Alaska United Methodist Church

Jan Bronson, Clerk, Alaska Friends Conference

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