Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), and its initiative the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), applaud the President’s recent announcement of an Executive Order (3/19/15) to cut the federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next decade. This reduction is expected to save the federal government up to $18 billion in energy costs, as well as increase the government’s consumption of renewable energy to 30 percent of all that it uses. The U.S. federal government is the single largest consumer of energy in the nation.
“We are delighted with the Administration’s announcement. This is a positive example of the administration leading by example in addressing climate change. Hopefully, this action will inspire governments around the world to similarly reduce their carbon footprint,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, President of the JCPA.
“This executive action is a cause for celebration. Our tradition includes the commandment of Bal Tashchit or ‘do not be wasteful,’ which our sages consider to be a central moral obligation, extending even to energy consumption. The Administration’s announcement brings us another step closer to ensuring that Mi’Dor L’Dor, ‘from generation to generation,’ we will all be able to enjoy Earth’s bounty,” said Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Chair of COEJL.
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 17 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.
COEJL, an initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs since 1993, serves as the Jewish partner in the National Religious Partnership on the Environment. Today, COEJL’s priorities are to mobilize the Jewish community to address the climate crisis through advocacy for appropriate legislation as well as action to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions.