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United Methodist Women Urges Policymakers to Introduce Legislation to Expand on President’s Executive Orders; Urges Action on Equity

United Methodist Women Urges Policymakers to Introduce Legislation to Expand on President’s Executive Orders; Urges Action on Equity
Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee

NEW YORK, Feb.2, 2021 – In response to President Joe Biden signing several executive orders pertaining to climate change and a clean energy economy, United Methodist Women Executive for Economic and Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Lead Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee today issued the following statement:

“There is no question that President Biden’s executive actions to address the climate crisis — which includes stopping all new federal oil and gas leasing, protecting 30 percent of our country’s public lands and waters, and shifting to a clean energy economy that places environmental justice at the center — are of utmost importance and a major step in the right direction.

“The executive orders are in line with the UMC Book of Resolution that states, ‘those who have historically experienced environmental racism [be] at the center of decision making and employment for a just, sustainable, healthy prosperity.’

“In addition, the UMC Book of Resolution notes, ‘economies that have benefited from fossil-fuel development rightly bear the responsibility to rapidly reduce emissions and support less wealthy economies in their journey toward sustainable and climate resilient development.’

“As the U.S. organizes the Climate Leaders’ Summit on April 22 (Earth Day), it must continue to drastically increase U.S. commitments around emissions reductions and supporting developing countries least responsible that reflects the U.S. climate fair share of global greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. must avoid false energy solutions like biomass, nuclear and CCS technologies that disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, Latino and low-wealth communities.”


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Posted or updated: 2/2/2021 12:00:00 AM

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