Evangelicals: Obama's Coal Restrictions Hurt the Poor

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More than 100 evangelical scientists, economists, theologians, and pastors endorsed an official statement Monday opposing new restrictions planned by President Barack Obama on carbon-dioxide emissions from electric power plants.

The president's plan calls for the United States to stop financing new coal-fired power plants abroad. But The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which issued the statement, said to do so would hurt the poor.

The statement said research shows that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere actually boosts crop production and doesn't significantly raise global temperatures.

The group said it would be "unconscionable" to keep millions in poverty by denying them electricity from coal-fired power plants.

The Alliance sent the statement to the Environmental Protection Agency. The entire statement, with the complete list of 119 signers, can be be found here.

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