We need to make sure that these five priorities are included in the reconciliation bill.
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Actions, Climate Change
Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity today. Scientists and experts agree that if we don’t drastically reduce carbon emissions by the year 2030, we won’t be able to avoid irreversible climate catastrophe. If we don’t act now, communities across the country will continue to face devastating and destructive wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, flooding, and storms.
We’re on the brink of transformative action on climate, but it’s going to take all of us to make it happen. The House of Representatives is currently marking up the reconciliation bill, meaning that House committees have until September 15 to write and mark up their portions of the bill before debate begins.
This is our moment to make transformative investments in climate action. Contact your elected representatives to ensure that climate is prioritized in the reconciliation bill. Specifically, we want to make sure that the following priorities are included in the bill:
- Clean energy tax credits: These tax credits support the purchase of electric vehicles, renewable energy projects, and new and emerging technologies that will lower energy costs, make clean vehicles more affordable, and appliances more efficient, all while bolstering the economy and creating good jobs.
- Clean energy investments: By incentivizing clean energy, Congress can transform the power sector to run on 100% clean electricity, while lowering costs for consumers and significantly decreasing carbon pollution.
- Justice40 and community investments: President Biden committed to ensuring that at least 40% of all federal investments in climate are directed to frontline communities. These communities are hit first and worst, while lacking the resources to respond to the devastating impacts of the climate crisis. Programs like the Civilian Climate Corps, Environmental Justice Block Grants, and implementation of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) will ensure that the health, economic vitality, and workforce of these communities are prioritized.
- Conservation and agriculture: By investing in the conservation and stewardship of forests and critical conservation programs at the Department of Agriculture, Congress can reduce emissions and grow natural carbon sinks (areas that absorb more carbon than they release).
- Make polluters pay: Polluting oil, gas, and coal companies must be held responsible for contaminating our communities, air, and water by ending subsidies for fossil fuels and making them pay fees for emitting methane.
Join us in demanding Congress prioritize bold climate action in the reconciliation package. This is our moment to put the health of people and the planet first.