There is division among faith-based groups over President-elect Donald Trump's pick to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R-Oklahoma) has been chosen by Trump to lead the EPA, angering environmentalists for his support of fossil fuels and skepticism about claims of man-made global warming.
The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation favors Pruitt's selection, says founder Carl Beisner. He calls Pruitt a "man of great character" and says 49 religious leaders have signed a letter endorsing Pruitt, who is a Southern Baptist.
Meanwhile, the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), along with its partner organization Young Evangelicals For Climate Action (YECA), are opposed to Pruitt running the EPA.
During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, YECA says Pruitt earned a reputation as one of the EPA's most strident opponents and one of the fossil fuel industry's most faithful allies. As a result, YECA claims Pruitt would "pose a significant threat to God's creation, to the health of millions of Americans, and to efforts to maintain a stable climate."
"What they don't realize," responds Beisner, "is that Attorney General Pruitt, in his position there in Oklahoma, has successfully sued a variety of different fossil fuel corporations for violation of environmental protection laws. He's certainly not in their pocket."
Still, EEN's president and CEO Mitch Hescox has signed a letter with many of his counterparts urging President-elect Trump to withdraw his nomation for Pruitt as EPA administrator.
Beisner, on the other hand, says the EPA needs someone like Scott Pruitt "who cares deeply about the environment, who also cares very deeply about the American Constitution, and the importance of limiting the Environmental Protection Agency to its constitutional boundaries."