Leaders from multiple faiths join to criticize U.S. energy plan

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thirty-nine Protestant, Orthodox and Jewish leaders attacked U.S. policies that rely on fossil fuels and nuclear power, an implicit criticism of President Bush's energy plan.

The group said the approach jeopardizes human well-being ''by depleting energy sources, causing global warming, fouling the air with pollution and poisoning the land with radioactive waste.''

The nation has ''a moral obligation to choose the safest, cleanest and most sustainable sources of energy'' to preserve God's creation, they said.

The group issued an open letter to the president but did not refer specifically to his proposals.

Endorsers included a coalition of top leaders from all branches of Judaism, the chief executive of the National Council of Churches and ranking leaders from 21 of the council's Protestant and Orthodox denominations. No Roman Catholic or Evangelical Protestant leaders participated.

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