"Pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that last's a lifetime. Dirty air and water has serious consequences for the health of our children."
Those are some of the reasons why the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), a group founded in 1993, is attempting to organize half a million pro-life Christians across the country for a Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign. The action calls on governors and presidential candidates "to do what's right" and "stand up to utility monopolies protecting their profits" through fees and expensive regulations on clean energy.
Since launching a few weeks ago, more than 24,000 pro-life Christians in Texas, where the campaign is starting, have signed on to the petition, which also calls for 100% clean electricity in the U.S. by 2030. In addition to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the group plans to target the governors of Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana to get their states to work toward the 100% target.
"Our children, both the unborn and born, deserve the right to an abundant life unhindered by pollutants that threaten their hearts, lungs, and brains," said EEN chief Rev. Mitch Hescox in a statement. "We have a biblical responsibility to defend our children and at the same time empower our markets for energy freedom."
"Ronald Reagan said that being good stewards of our environment should not be a partisan issue," Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party founder and the head of Conservatives for Energy Freedom, told Public Radio International recently. "I think it is extremely unfortunate that special interests have made this a partisan issue. It should not be, and I’m working to change that.”
Texas has made considerable progress in boosting its renewable portfolio; last year, wind passed nuclear as the third-most prevalent source of power in the Lone Star State, although it remains in the middle of the pack among all states for renewables as a percentage of overall consumption sources.
To date, no GOP candidate has embraced specifically promoting green energy as a substitute to fossil fuels.
Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.