STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta Praises Revised Framework for Build Back Better Agenda
Washington, D.C. — After the Biden administration released a revised framework for passage of the Build Back Better agenda, John Podesta, founder and chair of the board of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
This is it. The historic investments announced today will build the clean energy economy that we need. This framework is poised to create millions of good-paying union jobs, lower family energy costs, and begin the process of unraveling the legacy of environmental injustice. Today’s framework isn’t going to solve climate change and environmental injustice all by itself, but it is an agreement to stand together for the first time and fight for our future.
Despite what sometimes looked like impossible odds, President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have found a way forward. There is desperately little margin for error; but if these investments pass through Congress in short order, we keep alive the possibility of averting planetary catastrophe. The agreement gives the administration the tools it needs to meet the climate test and achieve 50 to 52 percent reductions of greenhouse gases by 2030.
I applaud the administration and those in Congress who have worked tirelessly to get this done ahead of the global climate talks in Glasgow next week, as this sets the bar incredibly high. Today’s framework marks possibly the most important action yet for our planet and our future.
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