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Evangelicals Urge Congress to Extend Wind Tax Credit

Contact: Alexei Laushkin, Evangelical Environmental Network, 202-352-9920

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2012 /Standard Newswire/ -- Evangelicals from across the country are urging that Congress extend the Renewable Energy Tax Production Credit (aka "Wind Tax Credit") during the fiscal cliff negotiations. In a press call earlier today, evangelical leaders from the Good Steward Campaign and Evangelical Environmental Network outlined a national grassroots and media campaign to mobilize Christians on this issue. The call featured Rev. Mitch Hescox, President & CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and Rev. Steve Fortenberry, Pastor, Common Ground Church, North Lima, Ohio.

"Conservative pro-life Christians are deeply concerned about the continuing impact of pollution on children and the impact of toxins like mercury on the unborn. Our commitment to protect current and future generations has led us to conclude that renewable energy, including wind, is essential in protecting the health of present and future generations," said the Rev. Mitch Hescox. "While we've made progress in protecting our kids from toxic pollution more needs to be done. Every parent knows you can't put a price on the health of our kids."

This current campaign builds upon successful advocacy efforts earlier this year in which more than fifty thousand pro-life Christians petitioned the EPA in favor of clean energy. In the last week, thousands of Christians have signed a petition in favor of Wind Tax Credit as part of an ongoing email campaign to 9 million evangelicals and Catholics and renewed outreach from evangelicals to key House and Senate leaders.

Wind is a big part of America's current and future energy needs. Over 35% of new electric generation over the last five years has come from wind power. In 2011 alone, wind helped displace over fifteen thousand short tons of nitrogen oxide emissions and over one hundred million short tons of sulfur dioxide emissions, resulting in cleaner air and a safer world for our children.

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