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 announcement last week, that he will issue an Executive Order 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. 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.
“Our sages teach us about the commandment of Bal Taschit or ‘do not be wasteful.’ This is particularly true when it comes to the environment. We have an obligation to protect for the next generation. The Administration’s announcement is another step closer to ensuring that from ‘generation to generation’ (Dor L’Dor) we will be able to enjoy the 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 has been an initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs since 1993 and 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.