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Love Thy Neighbor II

Reacting to President Bush’s climate change speech, Rev. Jim Ball (spokesperson for the Evangelical Climate Initiative and president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network) writes that “the President’s sentiments are in tune with people of faith.”
Does this mean you cannot be a person of faith if you object to emissions reductions that will damage the economy, lower household incomes, reduce employment, and raise energy prices? Does this mean you cannot be a person of faith if you believe that the best hope for environmental solutions is found in private enterprise, human innovation, technological advancement, and free markets, rather than in government mandates?
I venture to say that there are many people of many types of faith who want to take care of the environment yet feel there are more effective and less costly means of doing so than via emission-reduction schemes — people who want what is good for the earth, but not at the cost of infringing on the well-being of the people living on the earth.
Rev. Ball claims to speak for “people of faith,” but I am a person of faith, and he does not speak for me. I have every intention to be a good steward of the earth, but if given the choice between supporting or opposing an environmental regulation that will harm economies but may or may not have any environmental benefit, I gladly oppose. “Love thy neighbor” takes precedence.

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