"WASHINGTON — The Rev. Lennox Yearwood punched his fist in the air as he rhythmically boomed into the microphone: 'This is a moment for great leadership. 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 Protection Agency.
The E.P.A. on Wednesday ended 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 religious leaders reasserting their support for President Obama’s environmental policies — at a time when Republican Party orthodoxy continues to question the science of climate change."