Citing a moral obligation to care for the natural world, 30 US Catholic and faith-based institutions have made a submission to a federal appeals court in support of the Clean Power Plan, reports the Catholic News Service.
The submission, called an amicus brief, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency has the duty to protect human health from harmful pollution in ways outlined in the plan, which establishes federal limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The brief said evidence of the human cause of climate change is "undeniable."
"We face a moral imperative to protect the Earth and all its inhabitants from a climate crisis of our own making," the brief said.
The document called the rule "a compromise position" and said the EPA could have demanded "greater and earlier reductions."
The regulation gives US States broad authority in determining how to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
The emission reduction plan has been challenged in court by 27 States and the coal and power industry, all of whom argue that the EPA plan goes beyond the authority granted in the Clean Air Act.