The Christian ministry Focus on the Family has a political arm called CitizenLink, which recently slammed President Obama's plans to curb pollution via EPA rules.
CitizenLink's Tom Minnery complained on this week's daily webcast that President Obama was going to use a "very obscure portion of the EPA federal law" to fight carbon emissions and reduce pollution (video below).
"He's showing his liberal left inclination because he wants to get us out of the use of coal," said Minnery. "38 percent of America uses coal to produce electricity."
CitizenLink co-host Stuart Shepard warned that power bills were going to go up (if pollution by coal was curbed by President Obama).
Minnery then remarked about how expensive electricity was in Germany, which has invested in renewable energy sources.
The cost of electricity has gone up in Germany since the country began its transition to clean energy sources, reported The New York Times in 2013. However, that's to be expected because the country is making its first major energy change since the industrial revolution.
According to Bloomberg News, "Clean-energy sources such as solar and wind met a record 27 percent of demand in Germany in the first quarter [of 2014] because of additional installations and favorable weather."
The Rocky Mountain Institute notes, "Germany is building the renewable foundation for declining long-term electricity prices. Sure enough, German wholesale power prices have fallen about 30 percent in the past two years to near eight-year lows... As long-term contracts expire, the past few years’ sharply lower wholesale prices could finally reach retail customers and start sending households’ total electricity prices back down.”
Minnery and Shepard, who both claim to be Christians, didn't bother to mention the health costs of pollution, however, the Centers for Disease Control states:
Outdoor air pollution can trigger an asthma attack. This pollution can come from factories, automobiles, and other sources. Pay attention to air quality forecasts on radio, television, and the Internet and check your newspaper to plan your activities for when air pollution levels will be low.
Forbes reports that pollution is also linked to heart attacks:
Air pollution causes heart attacks and death. Especially when the pollutants include ozone and particulate matter. And more often in the summer time, when ozone levels are higher. These are the conclusions of researchers at Rice University who studied the 11,677 cases of cardiac arrest logged by emergency services personnel in Houston, Tx. between 2004 and 2011.