Hannah Spiro is the rabbi of Hill Havurah, an independent congregation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Hannah is a D.C. area native and a 2017 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College graduate. She is passionate about approaching the Torah in daring and dynamic ways, providing pastoral care, listening to beautiful music, and empowering strong lay leaders. The rest of the time, you can find Hannah parenting two little ones with her spouse in Northeast D.C.

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As a Rabbi, I Want Biden To Take World-repairing Action on Climate

by Hannah Spiro 09-12-2022

U.S. President Joe Biden hands his signing pen to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III (D.-W.va.) as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D.-S.C.) look on immediately after Biden signed “The Inflation Reduction Act” of 2022 into law during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 16, 2022. Credit: Reuters via Leah Millis.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) does not go nearly far enough to fight the root cause of climate change. These are the root causes of the global climate crisis that policy needs to address: The greenhouse gas pollution that comes from burning fossil fuels for energy and transportation, unsustainable agriculture, toxic waste, and climate-altering industrial practices. Biden must use his executive authority to address the shortcomings of the IRA and act swiftly and decisively to protect the Earth.