By Sherry Pasquarello.Senior Columnist/worldwidehippies.com
There are lines being drawn between everyone it seems. This is a line that I think almost all of us are cheered and grateful for; unless the almighty dollar is your golden calf.
Pittsburgh Presbytery opposes Beaver County cracker plant
An umbrella group for 140 Presbyterian churches in Allegheny County is calling for a halt to the construction of a sprawling petrochemical plant in neighboring Beaver County, saying it
would worsen already high levels of pollution and cancer risk in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
“We are part of a faith tradition that has affirmed our responsibility to care for the earth as our home and care for all people, especially our most vulnerable populations,” says a letter signed by officials of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, representing more than 28,000 members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Allegheny County.
“This plant, and subsequent plants that are planned for the Ohio Valley, will be mass producing plastic products that have been linked to the death of animals and the diminishment of fragile natural habitats,” said the letter, approved by presbytery representatives at their December meeting.
At the same meeting, the presbytery also endorsed a proposal that its national denomination pull all of its investments from fossil fuels in response to the “devastating and urgent reality of climate change.” And it’s urging churches to explore using solar or other renewables to power their churches.
I can tell you right now that this pissed off a few modern day robber barons and a few regular folks who are hoping that this plant will bring their hometowns a much needed boost. The thing of it is, at what cost?
There’s some pretty good evidence that the health rates of the people that live in areas where this type of thing is done go down and the cancer rates go way up. So what price are we willing to pay and which of our family member’s lives are we willing to gamble?
Me? I am proud of a church is willing to face the criticism and the pressure that is going to come their way. We here in western Pennsylvania know all too well what can happen when profits come before health. So I say BRAVO to them, right on!