Selling the Climate Change Bill in Indiana: A Franciscan Sister

Ads for the energy bill in Indiana and North Dakota enlist the help of local clergy.

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By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

How do you pressure congressional fence sitters from Indiana and North Dakota to support the climate change bill that's expected to come up for a vote in the House today? Make it about churches and the armed services.

"The energy bill before Congress creates jobs, reduces dependence on foreign oil, and protects God's creation," says a pro-energy-bill ad by the Democrat-allied American Values Network now running in North Dakota. "That's why a huge coalition of churches and military leaders support it." (Listen to the ad here.)

In Indiana, the progressive group Catholics United has enlisted a Franciscan sister in a radio spot encouraging Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly to support the climate change bill.

"This is Sister Sharon Dillon, and I'm a Franciscan from South Bend," the ad begins. " . . . .Together, we can create a healthier and more prosperous world. For me, it's not about partisan politics. It's about values and families, human dignity and the common good." Full ad here.

I'll be watching to see how the two reps targeted cast their votes.

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