OREGON-CLIMATE-ACTION

Bill Hunter sits at his desk in Portland, Ore., Aug. 8, 2022, backed by an homage to Caravaggio painted by his daughter. The image shows Christ putting the hand of St. Thomas into the wound on his side. Hunter once represented oil and coal companies and now has a market-driven plan that would have those corporations foot the bill for climate repair. (CNS photo/Ed Langlois, Catholic Sentinel)

OREGON-CLIMATE-ACTION

Bill Hunter pauses during a cool-weather ride around Crater Lake in Oregon. (CNS photo/ourtesy Bill Hunter via Catholic Sentinel)

PORTLAND, Ore. | Bill Hunter was drafted into the U.S. Army artillery during the Vietnam War, so his hearing is sketchy. But he keenly perceives God's call to care for creation.

Hunter, a 77-year-old member of The Madeline Parish in Portland, didn't always argue this side of the environmental debate. An attorney, he once represented coal companies and fought for Shell, Exxon and the American Petroleum Institute.

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