Washington, D.C. – In response to President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Board Chair and former EPA administrator Carol M. Browner:
“Today President Biden has again demonstrated his commitment to be the ‘Climate President’ — signing into law the most significant climate legislation ever. The Inflation Reduction Act is a significant step to make the country stronger and our people healthier.
“This bill will position the United States, when paired with strong action from his administration, to meet President Biden’s commitment to cut climate pollution by at least 50% by 2030 through unprecedented investments in clean energy solutions that will drive down pollution and energy prices – saving families hundreds of dollars every year. It accelerates the transition to clean energy independence that we need and that our communities want with transformational investments in manufacturing, innovation, and deployment.
“And the bill represents what is possible when leaders are determined to make progress, to find solutions, and to get climate action done. From financial incentives to job creation to climate pollution reduction, there are important provisions that will take steps to protect our health and environment in every community.
“At the same time this bill failed to meet the needs of communities of color and at-risk communities who for too long have borne a disproportionate burden of fossil fuel and other pollution. LCV will fight to protect Indigenous communities and communities of color along our Gulf Coast, in Alaska, and everywhere that are threatened by oil and gas drilling and fossil fuel development, and we will continue to push Congress and the administration to do more to advance environmental justice.
“We thank President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader Schumer for sticking with this bill and finding a path forward to passing it, and we commend the entire Senate and House Democratic Caucuses for voting in support of the Inflation Reduction Act. Without climate leadership in the White House and Congress, this important legislation would not have been realized, and we look forward to continued action to address the climate crisis as well as those most impacted by pollution.”
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