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Rev. Jim Ball
The Rev. Jim Ball (Ph.D., Drew University) is Executive Vice President for Policy and Climate Change at the Evangelical Environmental Network and author of the award-winning book, Global Warming and the Risen LORD: Christian Discipleship and Climate Change. The architect of the “What Would Jesus Drive” educational campaign and the key organizer and national spokesperson for the Evangelical Climate Initiative, Jim has testified before Congress and appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox, CNN, and NPR. He has been featured in the New York Times, and honored by Rolling Stone magazine as one of their environmental “Warriors and Heroes,” and by Time magazine as one of its climate change “innovators.”

Entries by Rev. Jim Ball

Mitch McConnell's Democratic Challenger, Allison Grimes, Is Wrong Too

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:01 PM

There's not a dime's bit of difference between them. That's the conclusion I draw after reading what Kentucky's two candidates for the U.S. Senate said about the draft carbon pollution regulation of existing power plants recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), called the Clean Power...

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Back to the Future Like a Virgin With the IPCC

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 10:02 AM

Do you know what was popular the last time the world had a cooler-than-average month? Ironically, the top movie was Back to the Future. The No. 1 song was "Like a Virgin" by Madonna. And David Letterman had just introduced for the first time his signature comedic vehicle, his Top...

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The President's Climate Plan: A Deeper Dive

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 3:27 PM

In an earlier blog I described President Obama's Climate Action Plan as a good beginning, something to build on in the years ahead. Now I would like to suggest a few ways the President's Plan could be improved.

First, a needed acknowledgement (one the president himself...

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The President's Climate Plan and the Next Great Cause of Freedom

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 10:43 AM

I am very grateful for President Obama's leadership on climate change as outlined in his recent speech at Georgetown. (See the video or read the text.) I was privileged to be in attendance at this historic moment, and as I said right after the...

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Google Funding Climate Deniers? What the Heck?

(558) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:58 PM

Say it ain't so, Google!

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin reports something I never would have thought in a million years. Google is supporting one of the worst climate-denier organizations in the world: the so-called Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

Is this the same Google that touts how...

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Inaugural Address Fit for a King: We Shall Overcome Global Warming

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Today my wife and I had the privilege to be on The Mall to watch (on a Jumbotron, for sure) the second inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States.

The peaceful transferal of power or the start of a...

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I Love 'Cigarettes and Truckstops'

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:37 PM

A hidden murder; a plaintive plea for mercy outside heaven's gate for one who found no mercy in life; a sad sorry horse doing circles 'round the course; blind cows; putting up a hell of a fight so the demons don't get you...

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How About Some Clean Coal for Our Stockings?

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:15 PM

If we're good, maybe Santa will put some clean coal in our stockings. No joke. Not kidding.

Yep. I'm serious.

But if we've been naughty, well, we'll get a fracking switch. Ouch!

Switching to natural gas is naughty, but investing in clean coal is nice? Huh? Did somebody slip me...

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No Vision, No Substance, No Leadership in Presidential Debates

(35) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 5:26 PM

There's no way around it. The three presidential debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney were, frankly, vapid and uninspiring.

Gov. Romney's move to the center was such a contrast to the man we saw in the Republican primaries that it leaves one wondering what is at the core of...

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The Second Debate: Our Country Is Better Than That

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 9:51 AM

As a very wise woman (ahem, my wife) pointed out to me, the second presidential debate at Hofstra University could be summed up this way:

Question: "What are you going to do for me (or my group)?"

Answer: "Here's what I'm going to do for you ..."

(See the...

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President Obama and 'What Would Jesus Drive?'

(9) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Ten years ago in the fall of 2002 I helped to ignite a media firestorm by utilizing the question "What Would Jesus Drive?" in an educational campaign, which included a 30-second TV spot by my organization, the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN)....

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Bye, Bye, Midnite

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 6:22 PM


I'm a dog person. But I fell in love and married the greatest spouse ever, who happened to have three cats when we got married, along with Mugsy, the greatest dog the world will ever know, and a rock-star iguana named Iggy, who always...

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Hope on Climate Change: Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

(8) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 8:03 AM

Extreme drought. Extreme heat. Freakish storms with names I've never heard of -- a "derecho" -- that knock out power for millions, leaving us sweltering.

If you want to know what living with climate change looks like, look outside or keep abreast of current events. And as temperatures continue to...

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50,000 Pro-Life Christians Support EPA on Climate Change Action

(52) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 3:21 PM

This past Sunday morning the organization I work for, the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), ran TV spots in key states -- Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and in D.C. -- asking viewers to tell their Senators "that defending the EPA's ability to reduce carbon pollution is...

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The Avengers: Missing Their Chance to Be Heroes On Climate Change

(14) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 5:15 PM

Recently my wife and I took in a 10:15 a.m. showing of "The Avengers." (At our local theater the first show on Saturday's and holidays is even cheaper than the matinee. For the rare times we actually go to the movies, I simply can't enjoy it if we...

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The New York Times Gets Played By Climate Deniers

(219) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 11:12 AM

I have a new friend. His name is Victor Mughogho from Malawi. Victor heads up an organization that helps his fellow Malawians climb out of poverty. My organization brought Victor to D.C. recently to speak at our Global Day of Prayer for Creation Care about what...

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POTUS Can't Remain Silent on Climate

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 11:00 AM

President Obama is in the midst of a speaking tour on energy, prodded in large measure by spiking gas prices and dropping approval ratings as many assume the President can do more, but isn't for some reason. The President is trying to convince folks that while he can't really do...

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Rick Santorum Is Wrong on Global Warming

(102) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 11:23 AM

I hate to say this, but the man currently leading in the polls to become the Republican candidate for President of the United States, former Senator Rick Santorum, is woefully misinformed when it comes to global warming, one of the top challenges facing our country and the world. His own...

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SOTU: Washington Fiddles While the Climate Burns, Yet Hope Remains

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 11:15 AM


President Obama surprised many of us climate-action types during his recent State of the Union speech. He caught us off guard by actually uttering the words "climate change."

Here's what the President said: "The differences in this chamber may be too deep right...

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Durban: Progress for the Planet

(8) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 10:30 AM

The international climate talks that recently wrapped up in Durban, South Africa, could prove to be an historic turning point in the international community's efforts to overcome global warming. While the urgency for overcoming global warming has never been greater, it was actually helpful that expectations for this meeting were...

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