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The Heat is On for Global Warming Law

May 18, 2009

Arlington, VA - Environmentalists, religious leaders and politicians hold a rally today to keep the heat on Congress to pass climate change legislation.

This week congressional Democrats expect to open the door and finally get the massive American Clean Energy and Security Act onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. For weeks the House Energy and Commerce Committee has held closed-door meetings, hashing out details and making bargains in an attempt to get the bill, running to more than 900 pages, ready for a vote.

Speaking in Arlington today is Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, who says religious leaders need to overcome their natural aversion to politics and speak out about climate change.

"It affects everybody, everybody in every place, and it is a universal challenge that we have, to find a way to preserve god's creation, not just for our generation, but for generations yet to come."

Rabbi Saperstein says that religious leaders like himself have become involved in the politics of climate change to ensure that the poor and the weak, in this country and abroad, remain protected.

"It's so that as we move to a green economy and give up traditional energy sources, coal and oil, people in those communities will be brought into the new economy."

Also taking part in the event will be actor Pierce Brosnan, best known as a James Bond from the 007 movie franchise. Joining him will be Democratic Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia's 8th District, Gerry Connolly of the 11th, and Dr. Cindy Parker of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Aries Keck, Public News Service - VA