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Philippine archbishop, imam fight against coal

May 26, 2016

Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa has joined forces with a leading local imam to protest the construction of new coal-powered plants.

At a recent Mass attended by 10,000 people, the prelate called for “ecological conversion” and said, “This is the command of God: we should take care of his creation,” according to a Reuters report.

Archbishop Arguelles, who earlier this year had urged the faithful of his diocese not to attend a Madonna concert, wrote in an Easter editorial in one of the nation’s leading newspapers:

Does not our country deserve a government that will do everything to protect Filipino families from the ravages of dirty energy and climate change? A government willing to call for an immediate moratorium on new coal plants, a total stop to coal mining, and a speedy transition to renewable and clean energy? It is immoral to burden future generations with pollution and the cost of mistaken energy choices made today.

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  • Posted by: k_cusick1963 - May. 27, 2016 8:33 AM ET USA

    More people die for lack of an affordable sources of heat than will die from "global warming". They are left to burn feces, which emits toxins that are deadly when burned. There is no scientific proof that climate change is man-made. It may well be within the realms of natural occurrence having nothing to do with human activity. But the politics of today insists on eliminating all reliable sources of fuel for technologies not advanced enough to provide reliable, affordable power to the masses.