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This week, environmental groups, Climate Power, the League of Conservation Voters, and Potential Energy Coalition (along with ally, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer) launched a joint campaign aimed at pressuring lawmakers to include climate change initiatives in the emerging infrastructure bill.
The Great American Buildis a $10 million effort that seeks to persuade members of Congress as well as the Biden administration to fully fund climate initiatives within the infrastructure package that include:
Building upgrades and weatherization
Money to build more solar and wind power
Getting 40-50m EVs on the road by 2030
The campaign frames this spending in the context of job opportunities saying that “These aren’t the jobs of the future, they are the jobs of right now and they are and can be in every state across the country if we invest in America.”
Why This Matters: Although Democrats just passed the $1.9T American Rescue Act, the Biden administration’s best hope for a climate bill could very well be a robust infrastructure package. It’s unclear if any Republicans would support an infrastructure bill robust enough to address climate action, which is why the bill might have to be passed through the budget reconciliation process. Either way, it’s important that voters understand that infrastructure = job creation.
This is a race we can’t afford to lose. This #WorldHumanitarianDay, race with us in solidarity with people affected by the climate crisis and urge world leaders to act. Join now ➡️ https://t.co/yDrWsjm35e #TheHumanRace pic.twitter.com/MjrvWXtbl9 — UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) August 2, 2021 On your mark…get set…race against climate change! Yesterday, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study released by Conservation International found that tuna populations will likely be pushed from the waters of 10 Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) due to climate change. For nations that rely on tuna as a source of food and income, the consequences could be devastating. Conservation International urges the global […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Earlier this month, devastating floods washed through western Germany, leaving people dead and swaths of cities destroyed. It was the worst flooding Central Europe has seen in decades, and the short, intense rainfall is “one of the hallmark manifestations of a human-warmed climate,” as Yale Climate Connections put it. […]
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