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!

Community Health, Climate, and the Failure to Act: Local Health Solutions to Pollutions

July 15, 2022

Philadelphia, PA – 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.

Today Senator Manchin of West Virginia again dealt a blow to the hope for sufficient let alone substantial and dire investments in mitigating climate change, protecting our environment, and ensuring the health of our communities. Combined with the decision by the Supreme Court to limit the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon pollution from power plants the government is hamstring in its efforts to fight climate change. This means local solutions are more important than ever. We need local leaders today to do everything they can to help our communities suffering from cancer, respiratory illness, and many other effects from pollutants we can control. We can do better. We must do better.

On Thursday, July 21 at 2:00pm, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will hold a “Health Solutions to Pollution” Rally outside the EPA’s Philadelphia Office 1650 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Confirmed attendees include Philadelphia Council Member Helen GymRussell Zerbo of the Clean Air Council, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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. 

Who: Councilwoman Helen Gym, Russel Zerbo, the Clean Air Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

What: Rally in support of the Community Health Act and climate investments in the reconciliation bill. 

Where: EPA Region 3 Office (1650 Arch Street Philadelphia)

When: 7/21/2022 from 2PM to 4PM

Interested reporters should RSVP to David Heayn-Menendez – info@paipl.org.


About Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light:
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. PA IPL is the Pennsylvania affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light, a national religious response to the threat of climate change. We see climate change as a moral issue, one that demands a response from people of faith.

Upcoming Lobbying Meetings

July 6th: State Representative Rick Krajewski

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Krajewski! On Wednesday, July 6 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 9:00-10:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Krajewski from 10:00-10:30am.


July 12th: State Representative Dan Miller

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Miller! On Tuesday, July 12 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:00-11:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Miller from 11:00am-11:30am.


July 13th: State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta! On Wednesday, July 13 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:00-11:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Kenyatta from 11:00-11:30am.


August 2nd: Council Member Kendra Brooks

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with Council Member Brooks! On Tuesday, August 2 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 9:00-10:00am and then we will meet with Council Member Brooks from 10:00-10:30am.

Upcoming Lobbying Meetings

June 8th: Senator Bob Casey, Jr.

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with Senator Casey! On Wednesday, June 8 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 2:00-3:00pm and then we will meet with Senator Casey from 3:00-3:30pm.


July 5th: State Representative Dan Miller

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Miller! On Tuesday, July 5 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:30-11:30am and then we will meet with State Representative Miller from 11:30am-12:00pm.


July 13th: State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta! On Wednesday, July 13 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:00-11:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Kenyatta from 11:00-11:30am.


August 2nd: Council Member Kendra Brooks

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with Council Member Brooks! On Tuesday, August 2 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 9:00-10:00am and then we will meet with Council Member Brooks from 10:00-10:30am.

Reconciliation Package Must include Strong Manufacturing Measures

Great news! Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light has joined other organization across the state for a sign on regarding the passing of a bold reconciliation package that will help rebuild our manufacturing sector in ways that will deeply reduce emissions while building domestic supply chains and creating and protecting good union jobs for workers and disadvantaged communities.

Serious action is required to address climate change and strengthen the U.S. economy for all. The following provisions must be included in any negotiations around budget reconciliation as well as future climate infrastructure packages to ensure that the Appalachian region can create a thriving manufacturing renaissance in the region.  We deserve it.

Appalachia can and should be a leader in the global economic race to modernize domestic manufacturing.

Several provisions key to building this future include:

  • Key investments to reduce climate pollution in emissions-intensive industries—such as cement, steel, and aluminum. We can reduce these emissions at scale by funding industrial efficiency measures and emissions reduction technology as well as broader supply chain programs.
  • Spurring domestic clean technology manufacturing through measures such as $25 billion in funding for 48C together along with new supply chain production tax credits that expand clean energy and technology manufacturing and onshore key supply chains.
  • Strong funding to strengthen the domestic automotive supply chain, protect workers and communities, and build the electric vehicle (EV) fleet of the future in Appalachia. This includes new funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program and manufacturing conversion grants—together enabling over $20B in investments to retool automotive manufacturing to build the EV technology of the future in existing plants and communities.
  • Support Manufacturing Supply Chains and Manufacturing-Centered Economic Development. In addition to investments that support clean technology manufacturing expansion and retooling directly, it is also critical to ensure that we expand and fund the broader programs that provide the economic, technical, and workforce infrastructure and support to strengthen advanced manufacturing ecosystems and communities.
  • Ensure that clean energy deployment tax credits include labor and domestic content standards and support the retention and growth of domestic manufacturing and high-quality jobs.

These provisions would make a historic investment in the expansion and retooling of domestic clean energy, vehicle and component manufacturing, the transformation of our industrial sector to reduce emissions and enhance competitiveness, as well as the necessary efforts to build out robust supply chains for critical clean technologies—all while building family sustaining careers and investing in the communities that need it most.

Any reconciliation package should advance a sustainable economic vision for a 21st century Appalachia—one that is good for working people, communities, the environment and our health. Our communities have many assets, but a sustainable economic future can’t be achieved without significant public investment, strong policies, and responsible economic development approaches designed to maximize the benefit to the community as a whole.

You can read more and sign on here.


UPDATE ON JUNE 6, 2022:

You can see the final letter here.

Now Available: Video of NEPA IPL Chapter’s May 26th Program

An Interfaith Coalition on the Environment and Climate

On Thursday, May 26th at 12:00pm the Northeast PA Chapter of PA IPL held a lunch meeting to get to know others interested in their faith and the environment and begin a conversation about how we can come together to:

  • honor both the beauty of NEPA and the need to address its environmental challenges
  • be part of spiritually and ecologically informed local solutions
  • learn how our faith communities can be exemplars in the region in renewable energy practices, sustainable/regenerative lifestyles, and living in love with Earth

Sign up here if you would like to join the NEPA IPL Chapter.