This month, JCPA’s Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) collected hundreds of signatures from American Jews in support of the EPA’s first-ever proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants. JCPA has also expressed support for the EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standard. Such emissions contribute substantially to climate change and cause increased levels of asthma, ozone levels, and more frequent and severe heat waves. Coal-fired power plants are one of the most significant sources of carbon-dioxide emissions in the country and such regulation will help reduce serious environmental health risks – especially to our nation’s poorest communities.
The hundreds of Jewish signatures collected in favor of this rule contributed to the outpouring of more than 2.1 million comments submitted to the EPA in support of the carbon regulation. Rabbi Steve Gutow and Rabbi David Saperstein co-wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post in support of the effort called “A Strong Jewish Voice for Effective Carbon Limits.” Last week, Adam Garber of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Philadelphia testified in support of the EPA rule on behalf of COEJL, JCPA and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia at an EPA hearing in Philadelphia.