This was approved by Session on August 17, 2021to be sent to the following people:
President Joe Biden
The White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500
272 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Michael Regan, Administrator Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Secretary Deb Haaland Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor
White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Senator Alex Padilla
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Secretary Jennifer Granholm, US Dept. of Energy
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20585
We, the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, are increasingly alarmed by the threat of Climate Change and the federal government’s inability to adequately address the urgency of this existential threat to all God’s creatures, our communities, our country, and even the entire world. We believe that all of creation is sacred and that we as God’s people have a responsibility to protect and defend the gift that is creation.
Not only is the government not spending enough to address this climate emergency, it is allowing construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota to continue. This pipeline will be catastrophic to our efforts at mitigating the worst effects of Climate Change. This pipeline is not only being built through treaty-protected lands and sensitive ecosystems, it will have an “initial capacity” of 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil – actually sludge because it is dug out of the ground, not pumped – per day. To reiterate, this pipeline will undermine all our efforts to mitigate the worst effects of this climate emergency.
CODE RED for Humanity!
As you know, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its report stating that it is “unequivocal” that climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels for many decades. While we are witnessing the effects of Climate Change all around us with heat waves, extreme weather, wildfires, rising seas, and warming oceans, the IPCC scientists are warning that it will get much worse, unless we take immediate, dramatic, and concerted action.
The good news is that they say we can still mitigate the worst effects of this climate crisis, but we must act now. And yet, the bi-partisan senate infrastructure bill cut funding for electric vehicles by 90%. While some of these cuts may be added to the $3.5T reconciliation bill, these actions are not commensurate with the urgency of this moment.
President Biden said about the climate crisis, “We need to meet the moment with the urgency it demands as we would during any national emergency.” He is right, the climate crisis is an existential threat to the world and creatures we all love. We, therefore, urge you to do everything in your power to communicate the urgency of this climate crisis to President Biden and join others in calling on the president to halt construction of the Line 3 pipeline. For the sake of our children and all communities and creatures at risk from this climate emergency, we ask for your help.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto
(Signed by Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow on behalf of the Session)