Washington, D.C., February 10, 2016 – Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants, the largest single source of carbon pollution. In response to this, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) has issued the following statement:
The Supreme Court of the United States’ stay is a setback in addressing the dangers of climate change through the Clean Power Plan. While this decision is unfortunate, it is not a final ruling on the legal merits of the case, rather it delays the implementation timetable while the U.S. Court of Appeals considers the issues. As we await the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals, we urge state legislators to continue their important and necessary work to ensure reduced carbon emissions. Confronting Climate change does not need to wait for the D.C. Circuit’s decision.
Our Jewish values teach us that it is incumbent upon us to be stewards for God’s creation. In the Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabba (7:20), we read: “Pay heed that you do not corrupt and destroy my world; for if you corrupt it there is no one to repair it after you.” The Clean Power Plan is a critical element of our obligation as Jews and as Americans to protect the earth for the next generation.
COEJL is an initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jewish partner to the National Religious Partnership on the Environment. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs is the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community and serves as the advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local Jewish community relations organizations.