Southern Christian Coalition praises "values" embodied in historic legislation
As the U.S. House of Representatives debates the "Inflation Reduction Act" - a comprehensive climate, health, and tax policy bill, Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition praised the measure and the values undergirding the legislation.
In a video statement, the group outlined their support for the climate and health access initiatives included in the landmark legislation.
Rev. John Gill, Pastor of the Savior UCC Church in Knoxville, said:
"In 2021 alone, the United States faced 22 extreme weather and climate related disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion, each, a cumulative price tag of nearly 100 billion. That's just not a sustainable situation for any country. And this is why it's so important that we make investments now in climate resilience programs that conserve our natural resources, promote biodiversity, harden critical infrastructure, and prepare communities for extreme weather events, including wildfires, droughts, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
"Reducing the effect of climate change and taking care of the earth God has called us to protect is the responsibility of everyone who claims the Christian faith, including our elected leaders like Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Bill Hagerty. And this is all part of why I am so grateful for the Inflation Reduction Act and the included investment to decarbonize the transportation sector, including an expanded electric vehicle tax credit and plans to electrify the US Postal Service's delivery fee fleet. Every step that we can take toward reducing carbon going into our atmosphere will help preserve the health of our planet for future generations for our children, and grandchildren.
"No matter what we look like or where we come from, we all deserve to live in a community that values the freedom for each person to live in a healthy and safe life with clean air and water, affordable health care, and where we all pay our fair share to take care of one another, just like the early church did, in Acts. We pray that Tennessee's elected leaders will have the vision and the commitment and the care for our people to support those same values along with us."