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Washington, D.C. – Today the National Council of Churches, along with a coalition of 39 other religious organizations, submitted an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on carbon pollution from power plants.

Circuit AfAmIn the brief, the groups identify climate change as a pressing issue that must be addressed by believers of all faiths and outline the moral obligation around reducing carbon pollution and protecting the most vulnerable from the dangerous consequences of climate change.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is currently reviewing industry challenges to the Clean Power Plan. The faith coalition’s amicus brief defending the Clean Power Plan is led by several partners in the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, an alliance of four religious organizations and institutions committed to caring for God’s Creation.

The 40 groups signing the brief also include national groups such as the Catholic Climate Covenant, the National Baptist Convention of American, Evangelical Environmental Network, and Hazon; as well as educational institutions such as Fordham University, University of San Diego and LeMoyne College.

Religious organizations signing the amicus brief include:

After today’s filings, the appeals court will hear an oral argument in the case on June 2, 2016, with a decision expected later this year.