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Volume 13, Number 31
August 16, 2010

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Iran Initiative
Jeffrey Goldberg Reports on Iran.  In the most recent issue of The Atlantic, columnist Jeffrey Goldberg provides his analysis of what Israel and the United States will decide to do about Iran's quest for nuclear weapons capability.  The Atlantic website continues the conversation with several responses to Goldberg from major figures.  The debate will be updated on The Atlantic website throughout the week.  To read Goldberg's article click here, and to follow the debate click here.

Iran Continues to Defy World Powers.  Disregarding global opposition to its nuclear weapons program, Iran has announced that it will build a third uranium enrichment plant in 2011.  "Iran is already enriching uranium at its main plant in the central city of Natanz and is building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain at Fordo, southwest of Tehran."  Read the complete report from AFP here.
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Israel Advocacy Initiative

A Sign of Calm, Israel Removes a Concrete Barrier in Jerusalem.  A concrete barrier that once protected Israeli residents of Gilo from sniper fire was removed on August 15th, 2010 by Israeli Defense Forces. "The barrier's tall concrete blocks had shielded the residents of Gilo, most of whom are Jews, from gunmen who took over homes and rooftops in a West Bank village across a ravine…Its dismantling is giving graphic expression to the calm that now prevails in the area."  To read the complete report from the New York Times click here.

Israeli and Palestinian Children Learn Coexistence through Soccer. "In the spirit of the recently concluded Soccer World Cup, 80 Palestinian, Arab-Israeli, and Jewish children graduated from a summer camp recently in which they learned coexistence through the popular sport."  The camp was the culmination of a year-long program which brought children together to share games and conversations. To read the complete article from Ynet click here.

This Week in Washington
This Week in Washington.  The President is in Washington this week.  After returning to pass FMAP aid to the states and a $600 million border security bill, the House and the Senate recessed for the remainder of August.  As they return to their districts, the JCPA will continue to prepare for expected votes on child nutrition reauthorization and other issues. 
COEJL
States Push Their Own Cap-And-Trade Due to EPA Pressures and Congressional Inaction. Reacting to EPA regulatory plans and lacking leadership from congress, states in the west and the northeast are moving ahead with their own cap-and-trade initiatives.  The EPA plans to tighten restrictions on interstate air pollution from power plants under its planned "transport" rule and its regulation on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired generators, based on its endangerment finding on the threat posed by man-made greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  Blueprints for the Western Climate Initiative, the planned cap-and-trade system in the west, were released on July 27th, just before legislation to set up a federal greenhouse gas emissions trading system was delayed indefinitely. The WCI's blueprint was crafted out of an initial set of recommendations published in 2008 and refined with the input of stakeholders, advisers and experts. Like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the northeastern U.S., the WCI was conceived by a handful of state governors to develop a common greenhouse gas reduction strategy in the absence of comprehensive federal legislation to address climate change. The WCI includes: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Utah, as well as four Canadian provinces. By joining the WCI, the states and provinces agreed to collectively reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The central feature of the WCI is a cap-and-trade system, which would cover 90 per cent of the region's economic sectors when fully implemented in 2015.

Democrats Under Pressure to Move on Oil Spill Regulation While Relief Well Drilling is Suspended. Lingering concern among voters about BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico means that efforts to tighten regulations on offshore drilling will continue in the U.S. Congress. This has put pressure on the Democrats to get something done soon, where waiting until after the elections could make for an uphill battle considering their fears of losing valuable congressional seats. Democrats who control Congress have made clear that when members return in mid-September from a long recess, an oil spill response bill will be high on their agenda. Some 69 percent of Americans said they wanted stricter regulations on oil drilling, according to a poll for the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press conducted July 29-August 1, two weeks after BP said it stopped the massive oil well leak.   Retired Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen issued a directive Saturday for BP to suspend drilling of a relief well to conduct more pressure testing on the blown out well in the Gulf of Mexico. "We've asked them to give us options to control the pressure," Allen told reporters during a briefing. "We will kill the well. It is just a matter of finishing up tests so we understand the conditions moving forward." For another take on oil spill accountability and where some of the funds from oil revenues can go, you can read about the Land Water Conservation Fund, which uses profits from oil companies to protect natural resources.
 
Rabbis Across Spectrum Energize Communities Environmentally for High Holy Days. On August 9th, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) convened a national conversation involving rabbis from five Jewish religious streams - Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Renewal - discussing Jewish environmental resources and sermon materials for the High Holy Days and parshat Noach. COEJL has created a collection of resources from the call for distribution to all rabbinic leaders and communities as part of its broader Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign.  The full resource sheet is available here. Go to www.coejl.org for more information and resources.
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