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The Clean Power Plan (CPP), a sweeping climate change policy that would fundamentally change the way we use en

Lizzie Stein

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final rule for the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to significantly reduce carbon emissions through regulating coal power plants along with other mitigation strategies. The plan is expected to cut carbon emissions in the United States by up to 30%, making it a significant move to mitigate climate change in parallel with other greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies like regulating heavy duty vehicles and limiting methane. The rule is likely to shift conversations in some states from coal and other non-renewable fossil fuel resources to clean, renewable energy like wind and solar power. In announcing this historic rule, President Obama said: “Climate change is no longer just about the future that we're predicting for our children or our grandchildren; it's about the reality that we're living with every day, right now.”

By Talia Berniker

Though skeptics will argue if it’s scientifically true, and politicians will argue about whether it’s relevant, climate change is a threat to our environment, health and economy. When confronting an international issue, like climate change, it is imperative that the United States be at the forefront of creating innovative policies. By refraining from acting on this increasingly time-sensitive issue, our government is ignoring the repercussions of America’s contribution to greenhouse gasses—endangering not only our livelihood, but the well-being of people around the world. In a nation categorized by its wealth and opportunity, it is unjust that the effects of climate change are impacting those in developing countries who leave a much smaller carbon footprint as a result of their inexistent spending power.

“What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?” asked Christopher Robin. 

“Well, said Pooh, what I like best—” and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.

I discovered A.A. Milne’s magical creations late in life. But with great stories like this, it is never too late. Christopher Robin’s question got me thinking about what it is that I like doing best. One of them was spending time at Chata, a rustic cabin in the woods near Brno, Czechoslovakia where I grew up. You had to hike in and when you got there the smells were all pine and fir tree sap, spring flowers, the charcoaly smell of the fire pit where we baked potatoes, trout my father caught and those delicious wild strawberries.

Doing the right thing paid off at the bottom line. How often can you say that about doing a mitzvah? My experience with solar power at the Cape Cod Synagogue has been just that: our investment in renewable energy has been a positive for the environment, an expression of our Jewish values, and a net budgetary savings.

As President Obama deliberates over approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman, Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, sent the following letter to the Whit

The UN Climate Summit, set to take place in New York City on September 23rd, is meant to catalyze action on climate change and mob

Sophie Golomb

The UN Climate Summit, set to take place in New York City on September 23rd, is meant to catalyze action on climate change and mobil

Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of testifying at the U.S.

Sophie Golomb