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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.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Late last week, President Biden and a critical mass of Democrats in the Senate and House agreed on the details of Build Back Better legislation — a $1.85 trillion overall investment that includes a record-setting $555 billion dollars to take on the climate crisis. The agreement marked a […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Top executives from Big Oil companies ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell testified before Congress yesterday amid accusations and revelations about their industry’s efforts to mislead the public about human-caused climate change while claiming to be in favor of climate action. A report released Thursday morning by the House Committee […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow next week, many nations are upping their pledges to lower emissions before 2030. But according to a UN report released Tuesday, even if Argentina, Britain, Canada, the EU, South Africa, and the US achieve their pledged goals, it would account […]
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