Category Archive for: Energy and Environment

Combating Climate Change

by Administrator

  • Posted on May 17, 2016

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…


by Administrator

  • Posted on February 28, 2011

The onset and evolution of hydrofracking processes have triggered rapid growth in natural-gas and light crude oil extraction from deposits deep underground.  The processes involve horizontally drilling into shale rock, inserting steel and concrete reinforced wells, and injecting water, sand and various chemicals deep underground to fracture the shale rock formations that hold deposits. In…

Comprehensive Energy Policy

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  • Posted on February 28, 2009

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…


by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2008

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…


by Administrator

  • Posted on February 25, 2007

  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…

Climate Change and Energy Independence

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

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…


by Administrator

  • Posted on February 24, 2004

  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has, as one of the core elements of its mission, support for the safety and well being of Israel from any and all threats which endanger its citizens. One such threat, which for far too long has gone overlooked, is the increasingly dire status of Israel’s natural…

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

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

  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

by Administrator

  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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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  • Posted on October 27, 1997

 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…