Religious conservatives and the EPA
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WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Lennox Yearwood punched his fist in the air as he rh ythmically boomed into the microphone: "This is a moment for great leadersh ip. This is a moment for our country to stand up. This is our moment."
But Mr. Yearwood's audience was not a church. It was the Environmental Prot ection Agency.
The E.P.A. on Tuesday held the first of two days of public hearings on its proposed regulation to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and mixed in with the coal lobbyists and business executives were conservative religiou s leaders reasserting their support for President Obama's environmental pol icies -- at a time when Republican Party orthodoxy continues to question th e science of climate change.