What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for our Climate with U.S. Representatives Dean, Houlahan, and Scanlon

Curious about what the Inflation Reduction Act means for Pennsylvanians and our environment and climate? Join PennEnvironment and special guests U.S. Representatives Madeleine Dean, Chrissy Houlahan, and Mary Gay Scanlon for an online webinar to learn more about this historic bill, what it means for our climate, and how you can take advantage of tax credits and incentives in your own life.

Make sure to RSVP and we’ll send you the Zoom log-in info.

Pennsylvania Solutions for Pollutions Launch Event

This September, the Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is joining with dozens of coalition partners to launch the Solutions for Pollution (S4P) campaign demanding that agencies across the federal government set the strongest possible standards to deliver solutions for pollution.

The “Solutions for Pollution” campaign (S4P) will call on the Biden administration to carry out its responsibilities under our nation’s bedrock environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, by advancing approximately 20 protections across federal agencies that could cut climate pollution in half by 2030, advance vital public health and environmental justice goals, accelerate the transition to clean energy, and create new economic opportunity.

Sign up here or just show up!

Global Climate Jobs Conference 2022

We know the points of convergence between the labor and the climate movements are immense, but that several challenges lie ahead of us. It is nevertheless of extreme importance and urgency to cut emissions and do so by drawing on plans that are created by the workers and communities and in regard to their interests and needs.

Often, we do know what work needs to be carried out in order to cut emissions, but workers are being left out of the discussion and climate science is being disregarded. We need to build a movement that not only is capable of setting its own program, but also has the power to implement it.

With this goal in mind, we are bringing together people from all around the world, and bringing together the labor and climate movements to discuss how we win a program that can allow us to stop climate collapse. Join Global Climate Jobs for two days of thematic sessions about the strategies, technical and social perspectives, and challenges we face in building Climate Jobs Campaigns.

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Invited speakers:

    • Negrai Adve
    • Max Ajl
    • Chris Baugh
    • Jeremy Brecher
    • Leonor Canadas
    • Claire Cohen
    • Rehad Desai
    • Patricia DeMarco
    • Suzanne Jeffrey
    • Paul LeBlanc
    • Josua Mata
    • Suda Sim Meriç
    • Jonathan Neale
    • Andreas Yetterstad


Schedule:

All the sessions will be recorded and available online. Sessions will be 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be composed of an introduction by the invited speakers and a workshop space between the participants.

All times in London time.

Saturday, September 17

12:00 [7 am ET] – General Session: Strategic Orientation

14:00 [9 am ET] – Special Sessions
1)  Building Climate Jobs Movements
2)  Food and Farming

16:00 [11 am ET] – Special Sessions
1)  Ecofeminism
2)  Racism and Refugees

Sunday, September 18

12:00 [7 am ET] – General Session: Workers in the Fossil Fuel industry

14:00 [9 am ET] – Special Sessions
1) Cutting Emissions: PA IPL’s Patricia DeMarco, PhD will be on this panel
2) Resilience

16:00 [11 am ET] – General Session: Summing Up

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!

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!