Washington, D.C. – Today, in response to House passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“It happened! Congress just passed the strongest climate legislation in our history. The significance of this monumental step toward reducing our climate pollution and building a more just and thriving clean energy future cannot be overstated. Getting here is a testament to the persistence of a massive, diverse climate coalition, including labor, environmental justice advocates, young people, and climate champions on Capitol Hill and in the administration. We commend the Biden-Harris administration for their climate leadership and cannot wait for the President to sign this bill into law.
“At the same time this bill continues to prop up the still-too-powerful fossil fuel industry and corporate special interests, at the expense of communities of color. LCV will fight to protect Indigenous communities and communities of color along our Gulf Coast, Alaska, and elsewhere who continue to be threatened by oil and gas drilling and fossil fuel development. Starting today, we’ll work to ensure people understand the ways the Inflation Reduction Act benefits them, through ads, field organizing, and other advocacy efforts. And LCV will get right back to work fighting for more climate and environmental justice on all fronts, from executive action, to state and local progress, to electing more environmental champions up and down the ballot. Finally, we’ll ensure that every Republican who voted against this bill is held accountable for prioritizing polluters and corporate special interests over the health and well being of their constituents.”