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RELEASE: Congress Is on the Verge of Passing Legislation Strong Enough To Confront the Climate Crisis
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RELEASE: Congress Is on the Verge of Passing Legislation Strong Enough To Confront the Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. — Congress is on the verge of approving the most consequential investment ever to tackle the climate crisis. A new column from the Center for American Progress shows how the budget reconciliation process will help build a more equitable, just, and inclusive clean energy economy.

The reconciliation bill will also create good jobs, empower American workers to compete in the global clean energy economy of the 21st century, and deliver on environmental justice for low-income communities and people of color.

“The significance of this budget resolution cannot be overstated,” said Trevor Higgins, senior director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy at CAP. “Investments in clean energy and climate mitigation will deliver major emissions reductions, and they’re one part of a broader commitment to environmental justice and good, high-quality jobs for the communities that need them.”

The column describes how the bill would change the trajectory of global warming through a new clean electricity payment program, incentives for clean energy and clean vehicles, investments in climate-smart agriculture and forestry, new consumer rebates for home electrification, and more. These investments are far more sweeping than the $90 billion in clean energy investments passed in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or the compromised provisions of the bipartisan infrastructure framework that passed in the Senate last week.

Read the column: “Budget Reconciliation Is the Key to Stopping Climate Change” by Trevor Higgins

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Ari Drennen at [email protected]