A Powerful Night for Clean Energy in Fort Wayne: Hundreds Demand that Indiana-Michigan Power Retire the Rockport Coal Plant

 WANE TV said it best, "Hundreds reject [Indiana-Michigan Power] I&M’s pollution plan for Rockport Plant."

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette called it a "Turning Tide: I&M learning depth of clean-energy support."

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, state regulators took public comment about I&M's plan to raise rates to begin required upgrades to the Rockport Generating Station, one of the country's largest toxic super-polluters.

This coal plant is a threat to Indiana's economy, public health, and the wellbeing of our planet and creation. 

The huge crowd included leaders and clergy from congregations across east and north Indiana. 

I&M has filed plans with the State of Indiana to spend more than $3 billion to retrofit and keep burning coal at AEP-Rockport until 2035 and beyond, plus I&M must spend billions more to buy the out-of-state coal that powers the plant.

I&M so far has rejected a lower-cost plan that would both phase out half the plant by 2022 and create investments instead in cleaner energy that could include locally based solar, wind and energy efficiency.

Photos from The Rockport Hearing:

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Isaiah's Earthly Hopes

Here is a repost of Trisha Tull's October 2016 column for Working Preacher, an online lectionary resource for Christian pastors.

When religious leaders asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come -- when Judea could exchange violent Roman rule for benevolent divine rule -- he replied, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).

In other words, God reigns not just in the imagination’s brighter hope, but in the messy reality now, here, where we can actually make choices and carry them out. Though Jesus never seemed satisfied that his listeners were getting it, he frequently presented God’s reign as fully manifest on earth, even in an occupied nation, even in troubled days.

So why do Christians so quickly discard the gifts we have and long for something else?

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Reading Scripture with Creation

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Happy 70th birthday to UCC pastor Rev. Dick Clough (He celebrated and then warned us about climate change.)

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New Solar Grant Awarded to Four Indiana Churches

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Hoosier IPL has been awarded another Community Conservation Challenge Grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development to help four Indiana congregations obtain solar panels.

 

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Giving Tuesday

December 1st is #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, give to build Indiana’s creation care movement!

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Upcoming in Indy: Service of Prayer and Song for Paris Climate Talks on November 29

Service of Prayer and Song for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change
November 29, 2015, 6pm–7pm

North United Methodist Church

3808 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis. Free Event

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West Lafayette: Citizens Climate Lobby Starting Up

You're invited to launch the
Lafayette/ West Lafayette chapter
of the Citizen's Climate Lobby.
There will be a short presentation on CCL's work on national legislation on climate change, followed by a discussion. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Wednesday, December 2 | 5:30–7:30

West Lafayette Public Library
208 West Columbia | West Lafayette | 47904

In the quiet room on the second floor.
Please RSVP to Liam Fitzgerald at imlefitz@gmail.com or 206-290-0873.

 

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A Blessing of Solar Panels in Carmel, Indiana

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Homeowners across Indiana are installing rooftop solar.

It doesn't get any better than being able to produce your own electricity without causing pollution.

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Ten Times David Letterman Discussed Creation Care

Tonight is David Letterman's last show before he retires from his late night duties.

Here are 10 instances where "the tubby kid from the Hoosierville" (what Bill Murray called Letterman last night after jumping out of a cake) had powerful things to say about caring for the planet.

#ThanksDave for being a strong voice on the environment, renewable energy, and on global warming. You make us #IndianaProud.

P.S. Dave's mom, Dorothy Marie Mengering, worked at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis,-a congregation that has been a supporter of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light).

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