President Biden: Declare a Climate Emergency

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes historic investments in clean energy and climate solutions, but it falls woefully short in ending our reliance on polluting fossil fuels. President Biden must step up with bold executive action to right this wrong.

A critical first step is declaring a climate emergency. This will enable the President to prevent new fossil fuel development, rapidly deploy additional investments in a clean energy future, and fast-track emissions standards to tackle the crisis head-on.

Add your name to demand President Biden declare a climate emergency.

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President Biden,

We find ourselves in hora’at sha’ah, what Jewish law considers a “time of urgent need.” Record heat, raging fires, and deadly storms that threaten our ability to live l’dor vador, from generation to generation.

Just as our tradition calls on us to adopt new or different legal principles in unprecedented times, so too must you take urgent executive action to slash greenhouse gas emissions and rapidly transition to a just, clean energy future.

We call on you to immediately declare a climate emergency, using all the authority of your office and resources of the federal government to respond to the climate crisis, including:

  • Kickstarting domestic clean energy and electric vehicle manufacturing by invoking the Defense Production Act;

  • Directing the EPA to establish strong national limits for greenhouse gases, especially in the US’s two most polluting sectors: electricity and transportation;

  • Ending oil and gas development on public lands and waters;

  • Canceling ongoing and future fossil fuel infrastructure projects that lock us into decades of polluting fossil fuels; and

  • Upholding environmental justice commitments to direct 40% of funding to Black, Brown, Indigenous and other historically marginalized communities.

We have had enough denial and delay. The time for action is now.

B’kavod / With respect,

[The Undersigned]