Category Archive for: Environmental Climate Change and Energy Policy

Combating Climate Change

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In 2015, events of tremendous scope indicated an immediate need for climate action and emissions reductions, recognized across many faiths and many nations. Through the National Religious Partnership for the Environment we have long joined with Protestant, Evangelical, and Catholic brothers and sisters in faith in our strong stand to care for creation. Pope Francis…



Comprehensive Energy Policy

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Background: The United States needs a comprehensive energy policy both to fight global warming and to strengthen national security.    The policies for achieving these two goals are largely, although not completely, overlapping, but the relationship between them is complex.   Many major oil-producing nations are either overtly hostile to the United States or have national…



CLIMATE CHANGE AND POVERTY

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In 2007, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that warming of the climate system is “unequivocal.” Climate change has already led to observable increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels.  Eleven of the last twelve years (1995-2006) rank among the twelve warmest…



U.S. DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES

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  America’s increasing dependence on foreign oil for transportation, electricity, industry and other uses poses great risks for our nation and the world, specifically threats to national security, economic stability, and the health of our environment. In particular, our dependence on foreign oil enriches some countries that are hostile to the United States and support…



SEIZING THE MOMENT: APPLYING THE LESSONS OF HURRICANE KATRINA

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 Some moments in history transform the ways in which societies operate.  Others constitute a call to action that goes unheard.  Before the history is written about the 2005 hurricane season, and the flood that devastated much of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the Jewish community and all Americans must seize this moment to create…



Climate Change and Energy Independence

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The United States and many other countries have become increasingly dependent on oil in the Middle East. U.S. foreign policy is constrained by the burden of protecting oil supplies in nations whose autocratic governments are often hostile towards democracies and the West in general and the U.S. and Israel specifically. As stated at the 2001…



Energy and Environment Priorities for the New Administration and 107th Congress

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  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has long supported vigorous efforts to protect the environment and public health. Many pressing energy and environmental issues facing the nation and world are overdue for action and should become priorities for the new Administration and Congress. We urge that the following priority issues receive prompt attention:…



National Energy Policy

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Since the 1970’s, the organized Jewish community has consistently supported federal policies and programs to reduce U.S. consumption of fossil fuels. The United States’ historic and increasing reliance on fossil fuels compromises our national security by creating dependence upon oil-producing nations; causes and exacerbates illness for millions of our citizens; and degrades our environment –…



Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change

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 In December 1997, the nations of the world will gather in Kyoto, Japan to develop a treaty with binding commitments to address the threat of climate change. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of over 2,000 climate scientists from around the world charged to evaluate the data on climate change to inform…



Ensuring Justice for All: Principles for the Development of Clean Air and other Regulations Affecting Public Health

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Background Note: The public has until March 12, 1997 to comment on the new clean air standards proposed by the EPA. It is anticipated that there will be an attempt made in Congress to weaken the EPA proposals by exercising the recently-passed Congressional authority to amend or veto regulations which affect small businesses. Many environmental…