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USCCB prelate: Trump executive order jeopardizes environment

March 30, 2017

Bishop Frank Dewane, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order on promoting energy independence and economic growth.

“This Executive Order places a number of environmental protections in jeopardy and moves the U.S. away from a national carbon standard, all without adopting a sufficient plan for ensuring proper care for people and creation,” the prelate said in a statement, adding:

With this recent order, the Administration risks damage to our air, our waters and, most importantly, our people, particularly the poor and vulnerable, without proposing a concrete and adequate approach to meet our stewardship obligations as a nation.


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  • Posted by: fmgrant8955 - Mar. 30, 2017 10:43 PM ET USA

    Sounds like a Democratic politician not a prelate of the church.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Mar. 30, 2017 6:28 PM ET USA

    This again presumes that mere mortals can affect the climate. I have yet to see an explanation of how man melted all the ice from the Ice Age. Maybe something larger than man is actually controlling the climate. Maybe it is as simple as the sun.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 30, 2017 1:31 PM ET USA

    Our "stewardship obligations as a nation" presume a cause for the "damage to our air, our waters..." This presumed cause is, of course, technology. Trump has already proposed "a concrete and adequate approach to meet our stewardship obligation..." This approach is technology. As has been argued before in this forum, if technology is causing a problem, then based on historical evidence technology can fix the problem. Consider Lake Erie, the coal ash pollution in London, and other solved problems.