Religious leaders urge Kaine to oppose proposed coal-fired plantNot that it matters to these effete snobs, but that much-needed power plant will bring an estimated $439 million in revenue to impoverished Wise County. Along with 1,358 jobs to this tortured region that has battled since time immemorial with high unemployment and a heart-rending standard of living.
By Terri Nelson, Associated Press Writer
Richmond, Va. (AP) -- More than 60 faith leaders from across Virginia have joined environmental groups in urging Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to oppose a coal-fired power plant that Dominion Virginia Power wants to build in Wise County.
The ministers, rabbis and theologians signed onto a letter to the governor from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, one of the environmental groups leading the fight against the proposed plant in southwest Virginia.
The spiritual leaders state in the letter to Kaine that speaking out against the coal-fired plant is their moral responsibility as part of their "good stewardship of God's creation." (link)
The carbon footprint - whatever that is - that the poor schmucks who live in Southwest Virginia might leave appears to be more important.
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Laugher of the day, from Fr. Gerry Creedon, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in lavishly affluent Arlington, Virginia:
“I am here today to speak for the poor who will suffer the most from the consequences of dirty energy."
Ah, yes, the plight of the poor who fret each day about dirty energy.
I wonder if he's ever met a poor person.
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A list of those "concerned" theologians and ministers can be found here. Conspicuously, all but a few are from liberal bastions in the commonwealth, far removed from Appalachia - Richmond, northern Virginia, Blacksburg. Only two co-signers are from the area (it appears): some gal from something called the "Church of Spiritual Humanism" in Wise and Rev. Philip K. Cooper, President, Marathon Ministry Inc.*, which is located, if memory serves, in a shopping center in Castlewood.
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* I encourage the Reverend Cooper to read this portion of the mission statement of his church:
"Marathon Ministries exists according to Scripture, which calls us to serve the poor and needy, and tells us that by doing so, we serve Jesus himself. (Matthew 25:40)."
Providing meaningful employment to those in need, pal, goes a long way toward achieving that goal. Or does it soothe your conscience, in some twisted way, to keep handing out CARE packages?