President Donald Trump garnered headlines for his decision to have the United States pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, an international effort combating man-made climate change.
In his speech on Thursday announcing the withdrawal, President Trump explained that the Agreement was hindering job growth at home and did little to actually combat global warming.
"The cost to the economy at this time would be close to three trillion dollars in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have $7,000 less income and, in many cases, much worse than that," said Trump.
"Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic restrictions, it fails to live up to our environmental ideals. As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does."
While noted for their strong support of Trump, America's evangelical Christian community has expressed mixed opinions on the announcement. Here are four perspectives. (Click on arrow above)
The Evangelical Environmental Network denounced the decision, with the Reverend Mitch Hescox and the Reverend Jim Ballarguing stating that the United States' removal from the Paris Agreement was "a profoundly foolish and arrogant act."
"If President Trump's foolish act has done anything it has clarified the moment we are in: it is time for each and every one of us to take a stand for climate action," stated the clergy.
"Henceforth, there is no middle ground; there is no passive, neutral place. Either you are for climate action or you are not."
They added, "Today when it comes to climate risk, to not act is to act. Inaction and outright opposition lead to a destabilized, profoundly dangerous climate — not the type of world Christian love and righteousness should create.
"President Trump has acted against climate action."
The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, an evangelical think tank focused on environmental and economic development issues, cheered Trump's decision.
Cornwall Alliance Founder and National Spokesman Dr. E. Calvin Beisner said in a statement that the Paris Agreement is too costly a plan and, at best, would only slightly lower the global temperature in return.
"It's right [to leave the Agreement] because, as former NASA scientist and leading climate alarmist Dr. James Hansen put it, the Paris agreement is 'a fraud, really, a fake ... just worthless words," stated Beisner.
"It would trap billions in poverty for decades to come ... Since a clean, healthful, beautiful environment is a costly good, this means prolonging environmental damage and delaying environmental improvement."
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action denounced Trump's decision, with spokesperson Kyle Meyaard-Schaap describing it as a "rash and unnecessary decision" which will harm "the world's most vulnerable people."
"Already, millions of people in the U.S. and around the world are struggling to adapt to rising seas and more extreme weather," stated Meyaard-Schaap.
"These are the very people that we are commanded by our Lord to love with the same commitment and tenacity that we show to ourselves and our own loved ones. The President's open disregard for their well-being is a moral travesty and an affront to our faith as followers of Christ."
Vice President Mike Pence, quite possible the most powerful evangelical politician in America today, stood by the president's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
In an interview with conservative Fox News personality Sean Hannity, Pence said that the Agreement was "a bad deal from the moment it was signed by the [Obama] administration."
"This is an agreement that puts an enormous burden on American consumers [and] on the American economy while allowing countries like India and China to virtually get off scot-free for a decade or more," said Pence.
"This is a President who is fighting for the American people, fighting for American jobs ... America is back because they have a President in President Donald Trump who is fighting every day for them."