Lobbying Meeting with Congressman Lloyd Smucker

Please join us on Wednesday, August 10 at 2:30pm for a lobbying meeting with Congressman Lloyd Smucker.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on August 10th from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

This meeting will be on the Congressman’s views on the Inflation Reduction Act, clean energy, transportation, and supporting federal investments. These investments will accelerate the transition to clean energy and transportation, some of which are included in the bipartisan infrastructure deal.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act with Historic Climate Investments

August 5, 2022

Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant climate bill in history. The bill will put the nation on the path to cut climate pollution emissions up to 44% by 2030, create millions of good-paying clean energy jobs, invest in environmental justice, and reduce energy bills for working families across the country. 

With $369 billion in energy and climate investments, this is the single biggest U.S. investment aimed at tackling climate change. It includes:

  • Clean energy tax credits for wind and solar, electric vehicles, efficiency upgrades, and heat pumps
  • More than $60 billion for environmental justice priorities
  • Up to $60 billion for domestic clean energy manufacturing
  • $27 billion to speed the development of emissions reductions technologies, especially in disadvantaged communities

The Inflation Reduction Act also includes troubling provisions around fossil fuel expansion and other false solutions that will continue to place frontline communities at risk. Interfaith Power & Light is concerned about a deal for a proposal to include drastic permitting changes in must-pass legislation Congress will take up this fall. We will work to address those provisions in this bill, oppose any weakening of our environmental review process, and advocate for bold executive action from the Biden Administration so that the U.S. can meet our climate goals.

The faith community has been advocating for passage of climate and clean energy investments for the last two years and celebrates this huge victory.

In response, Interfaith Power & Light’s President Rev. Susan Hendershot released this statement:

“Budgets are moral documents, and where we choose to invest as a nation is an indication of what we value. Today, the Senate chose to take moral leadership and demonstrate that they value the health of our families and communities; jobs that can provide good wages; clean air, water, and soil; environmental justice for historically marginalized communities; and care for our common home, through the historic climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. We applaud and celebrate the passage of this critical legislation in the Senate, and now call on the House of Representatives and President Biden to act swiftly to pass this bill because climate can’t wait.”

Rev. Robin Blakeman, West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light Steering Committee Member:

“Climate change is already taking an enormous toll on our communities. We have a moral obligation to protect people and the planet. I am glad that Senator Manchin finally supported the legislation to address the critical needs of our nation. Addressing the urgency of climate change is key to ensuring survival of our society and economy.”

Rev. Doug Bland, Executive Director of Arizona Interfaith Power & Light: 

“People of faith and conscience in Arizona have demanded congressional action on climate. We’re grateful to Senator Sinema and Senator Kelly for supporting this historic bill to transition rapidly to clean energy, and make our country healthier and more prosperous for all communities.We have a moral imperative to act — fires are raging and communities are flooding. We can’t afford not to act boldly for the future of our children and our precious planet home.”

Codi Norred, Executive Director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light:

“The Inflation Reduction Act is an essential initial investment in our future and our common home. We have no time to waste. The climate care provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act are historic and are imperative in addressing the urgent moral issue of climate justice. We are thankful to Senators Warnock and Ossoff for supporting these bold investments that will match the scale of the crisis our communities need.”

David Heayn-Mendendez, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light:

“We have a moral obligation to protect people and the planet and climate change is already taking an enormous toll on our communities. This is the most significant climate bill in history and will put our nation on the path to cut climate pollution emissions up to 44% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels while creating millions of good paying clean energy jobs, invest in environmental justice, and reduce energy bills for working families across the country.”

Climate Action Rally + Celebration

Positive climate news has felt hard to come by – but this week, we got an enormous piece of it when we learned Senate Democratic leadership reached an agreement on sweeping climate legislation. This is a huge deal, and is the result of decades of persistent advocacy and activism. We deserve to celebrate!

On Friday, August 5 we’re gathering at noon in Philadelphia to reflect on our successes, (hopefully) celebrate the passage of game-changing federal climate policy, and rejuvenate ourselves for the obstacles we know are still ahead.

If you’d like to let us know you are coming, you can register here.

The fight to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and build a just, equitable energy system is far from over – but taking time to celebrate incremental progress, and to thank our elected officials, is critical. As people of faith, we have a moral obligation to care for our planet. This is a crucial step forward and we should celebrate this victory as climate cannot wait!

Spread the word! Please share this event with your networks. We’d love for your members and partners to come out. You can find the facebook page for the event, some social media graphics, an RSVP landing page, and a partner toolkit that includes all of the above plus some sample email text, for you to adapt however you’d like.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lobbying Meeting with Council Member Kendra Brooks

Please join us on Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00am for a lobbying meeting with Council Member Kendra Brooks.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on August 2nd from 9:00 – 10:00am.

This meeting will focus on the Just Services PHL campaign and the city budget. The #JustServicesPHL campaign is focused on equitable provision of basic services, like trash collection, street light repairs, cleaning vacant properties, removing abandoned cars, and traffic calming. We believe these are all key environmental justice priorities. POWER Interfaith would like to call on Council Members Gauthier, Brooks, & Gym to include a fair (restorative) distribution of street tree planting among their list of basic services. Research here in Philly found that people felt safer after greening, violent crime decreased, and decreased stress was measurable in neighbors’ health.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

Article: Faith groups respond to Sen. Manchin’s surprise climate deal with shock, optimism

Washington, D.C.
July 28, 2022

Great and relevant article in the National Catholic Reporter yesterday:

Democrats in the U.S. Senate reached a deal July 27 to secure $369 billion in investments on energy and climate change in what would represent the nation’s largest-ever spending package to address the impacts of global warming. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

Faith groups responded to the historic, and for many unexpected, milestone of a potential breakthrough on climate legislation . . . with a mixture of joy, shock and cautious optimism after years of prayer and advocacy.

Read the full article here!

7/21/2022 Rally at Philly EPA – Health Solutions to Pollutions

Join PA IPL for a Rally at the EPA Office Across from Love Park taking place on Thursday, July 21st at 2:00pm!

Health Solutions to Pollutions

Last month the Supreme Court sided with coal companies and their allies, limiting the EPA from setting the kind of highly-effective standards we need. There is still room, however, for the EPA to exercise its authority – and duty – to cut climate pollution. Now it’s time for the Biden administration to act quickly and issue the strongest rule possible.

Come out and take action! On Thursday, July 21 at 2:00pm, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will hold a rally for Health Solutions to Pollutions outside the EPA’s Philadelphia office across from Love Park.

Confirmed attendees include:
—–Helen Gym, Philadelphia Council Member
—–Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council
—–Linnea Bond, Physicians for Social Responsibility
—–Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center
—–Rep from State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta

We have a moral responsibility as a nation, and a sacred task as people of faith, to care for our climate and to leave a safe and thriving world for future generations. Please share this with your networks and we hope you can join us on Thursday, July 21 outside the EPA’s Philadelphia office!

There is no fee for this program, but a suggested $5 donation will help us keep doing this work.