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This legislative ask is designed to be shared with your members of Congress and their staff.

It is imperative for Congress to put aside partisanship and address the rising costs of climate change—costs that are accruing not only in dollars, but in lives and livelihoods stolen by severe weather events. This burden is disproportionately shouldered by traditionally marginalized members of society—namely Black, brown, Indigenous, and lower income communities. Congress has a moral responsibility to act and pass a reconciliation package with historic climate provisions.

Publicly support a swift passage of a reconciliation package with strong environmental provisions.

The Build Back Better Act contained $555 billion in clean energy and environmental measures. These policies have the potential to stimulate economic opportunity, improve human and planetary health, and expedite the clean energy transition. In particular, the clean energy tax credits in the bill have the potential to reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 43% by 2030. Passing a reconciliation bill that contains the same $555 billion in climate measures is the crucial first step we need to reach a net-zero emissions economy.

The American public is in favor of investing in the future of our climate; According to a survey by Ipsos/Reuters, over 60% support investing in clean energy through tax credits and incentives. We call on members of Congress to publicly support a swift passage of a reconciliation package with strong environmental provisions and encourage their colleagues to do the same.

Some of the critical climate provisions include:

  • $200 billion: Clean electricity tax incentives

  • $160 billion: Environmental justice-related initiatives

  • $29 billion: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

  • $9 billion: Replace lead service lines

Contact: Clarence Edwards, Legislative Director for Sustainable Energy and Environment, cedwards@fcnl.org