We need to make sure that these five priorities are included in the reconciliation bill.
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Actions, Climate Change
The House just passed the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), including the most significant investments in climate and clean energy, ever. With this historic bill, we will put the country on the path to reduce the pollution that drives climate change while creating union jobs and improving equity.
This is our moment to make transformative investments in climate action. The Senate must now move swiftly to push the BBBA and its climate provisions across the finish line. Specifically, we want to make sure that the following priorities are included:
- 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 by the climate crisis, while lacking the resources to respond to its devastating impacts. Programs like the Civilian Climate Corps, Environmental Justice Block Grants, and the 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 – a potent greenhouse gas.
Join us in demanding the Senate pass this transformative legislation. This is our moment to put the health of people and the planet first.