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Washington, D.C. — In response to the passage of the Budget Resolution and the set up for debate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal in the House, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from President Gene Karpinski:
“This is a historic step forward for people and the planet. We commend Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats for putting the health and well being of our communities first in passing today’s rule. Today’s victory belongs to the voters and advocates raising their voices for once-in-a-generation action to tackle the climate crisis in a way that addresses racial and economic inequality. Every House Republican opposed the rule, a decision that could put communities that are already being ravaged by devastating impacts of the climate crisis in greater danger.
“The investments Congress is setting in motion through the budget resolution and will deliver in reconciliation must cut carbon pollution by at least half by 2030 and put our nation on the path to 100% carbon-free energy powering our electricity grid and new cars, buses, and buildings by 2035 while delivering at least 40% of investment benefits to communities of color and low-income communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution. From the ‘code red for humanity’ IPCC report to devastating extreme weather and long-standing environmental and racial injustice and economic inequality, it’s never been more urgent or more important to act on climate at the scale that science and justice require. It’s time for the House and Senate to deliver for the people and enact President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda into law.”
In a historic August for climate advocacy, LCV and Climate Power have already invested $14 million in national, state, and district level paid media campaigns; LCV organizers have knocked over 120,000 doors, distributed almost 10,000 ‘Climate Action Now’ yard signs, and garnered support from over 4,500 businesses across the country; and LCV and Climate Power have held over 35 events with key Members of Congress, Biden administration officials, state and local elected officials, labor unions, environmental justice partners, and more. Read LCV’s August activity recap here. This is only the beginning.
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