The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Paves the Way for Historic Climate Investments, a Top Priority for Jewish Americans

NEW YORK, NY - With tonight’s unexpected announcement that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin reached an agreement to include $369 billion in crucial climate investments as part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the budget reconciliation bill that could be brought to a vote next week, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, issued the following statement:

I’m cautiously optimistic to hear that after over a year of negotiations, Leader Schumer and Senator Manchin have met the urgency of the moment by agreeing to historic investments in climate solutions. These investments represent a crucial first step in confronting the climate crisis – by cutting emissions and helping jumpstart the clean energy economy, we can ensure a just, livable world for generations to come. In addition, the bill includes long overdue funding for communities afflicted by environmental injustice.

I’m proud of the tenacity of Dayenu leaders and our many partners who met with their Representatives, called their Senators, and took to the streets with shofars, songs, and prayer to champion this first-ever piece of comprehensive federal climate legislation. There is a concept in Jewish tradition of ma’alin ba-kodesh v’ayn moridin: once we set out upon a holy path, we only rise, we do not descend.

Even as we urge passage, we know that there is much, much more to do to end the era of fossil fuels and build a clean energy future. We cannot drill, mine and burn our way out of our current energy crisis. This year’s record heatwaves, fires, storms, and floods serve a continual reminder of the urgent need for bold action at all levels of government and across all sectors.

Dayenu will continue to lead the Jewish community in this holy work until these climate investments reach President Biden’s desk.