FAN co-sponsored a Dec. 12 briefing on “Climate Disruption: Faith, Science and Solutions.” Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa CSSF, President of Madonna University testified about the institution’s sustainability efforts and concern for those affected by climate change. The Ambassador from Micronesia also spoke.
On the same day, FAN and Catholics United planned a day of congressional visits to senators in PA, OH, and MI to urge support for two EPA rules: Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The first rule finalizes the standards of the Clean Air Act of 1990 by setting standards to limit mercury and other toxic air-pollutants emitted from coal and oil-fired power plants. NSPS are regulations setting standards so that sources creating new power plants will invest in clean energy. Mercury pollution and carbon dioxide pollution have disproportionate effects on children, pregnant women, and the elderly, especially in poor and working class urban areas where coal-fired plants are concentrated. Visits were made to Senators Rob Portman, Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey, Pat Toomey, and Debbie Stabenow, as well as to Representatives John Dingell and Marcy Kaptur. FAN members in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, please strengthen the impact of these visits by calling your elected officials to urge support of these two EPA rules.