Reform Movement Applauds President’s Commitment to Addressing Climate Change




Saperstein: Though we are disappointed that Congress has proven unable to pass common sense climate legislation, if the plans laid out today by President Obama are implemented, they promise to advance U.S. efforts to address the climate crisis that threatens people and communities around the world.

June 25, 2013, Washington DC – In response to President Obama’s speech announcing more aggressive executive action to combat climate change, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We welcome the President’s renewed commitment to using executive powers to combat climate change. Though we are disappointed that Congress has proven unable to pass common sense climate legislation, if the plans laid out today by President Obama are implemented, they promise to advance U.S. efforts to address the climate crisis that threatens people and communities around the world.

President Obama’s proposal includes limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, the completion of overdue emissions standards for new power plants, support for energy efficiency programs, and implementation of strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change. Such programs will help ensure those least responsible for climate change and who remain most vulnerable to its effects are assisted with lessening its impact.

The escalating effects of climate change cannot be ignored. From devastating hurricanes to the spate of destructive tornados, from floods to record heat waves, human activity is negatively impacting the climate. Yet changes to human activity can halt this effect, and today’s plan outlined by the President puts us on the right path. We look forward to learning more details in the coming weeks and months and call on Congress to work with the President to protect our planet and ourselves.

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Zachary Rosenberg

About Zachary Rosenberg

Zachary Rosenberg is a 2012-2013 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the RAC. He is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Occidental College in 2011.

3 Responses to “Reform Movement Applauds President’s Commitment to Addressing Climate Change”

  1. So for the past 16 years, global temperatures have stagnated. Even Hans van Storch at the IPCC acknowledges that “So far, no one has been able to provide a compelling answer to why climate change seems to be taking a break….If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models…The greatest mistake of climate researchers has been giving the impression that they are declaring the definitive truth.” (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-hans-von-storch-on-problems-with-climate-change-models-a-906721.html).

    And Zachary, sorry to say, but floods, tornado and hurricane frequencies have not been increasing…(http://www.globalwarming.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ChristyJR_130530_McKinley-PDF-of-PPT.pdf).

    Think of it this way, this year’s Confirmands have lived their entire lives in a world without global warming!

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