We are on the cusp of historic climate action – SACE | Southern Clean Energy AllianceSACE

We see the impacts of climate change every day, with disastrous consequences around the world. It is time for our nation to start in earnest in fulfilling our duty and keeping our promises to the world that we will cut our climate pollution in half by 2030. The Cut Inflation Act puts us on the path to achievement of that goal, putting us halfway or two-thirds of the way to the goal.

Chris Carnevale | August 5, 2022

| Clean Transportation, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Energy Justice, Energy Policy, Solar, Wind

Congress is about to pass the biggest climate investment in history. The Senate could vote this weekend on the Inflation Reduction Actwhich would invest in stimulating the manufacture and deployment of clean energy, energy efficiency, electric transport, etc.

Early analysis of the bill shows that it will enable our country to reduce climate pollution by approximately 40% below 2005 levels by the end of this decade, saving thousands of lives each year and improving our health through the reduction of pollution, lower our energy billsand create more than one million new jobs.

Call on Congress to act on climate

The IRA bill would allow households and businesses to receive rebates and tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades, installing solar panels or batteries and switching to electric vehicles and appliances. Targeted investments would be directed to low-income communities, rural areas and disadvantaged communities. Most importantly, eligibility for some key clean energy tax credits will be extended to nonprofits, Native American tribes, and local and state governments.

The bill’s provisions ensure that clean energy business tax credits reward companies that pay workers well, use American-made content, or locate projects in low-income or transitioning communities. energy, amplifying the beneficial impacts of policies for our communities.

The invoice is of course not perfect. It doesn’t go as far as a federal clean energy policy should, and it even includes some provisions that support risky fossil fuels and nuclear power. But reductions in climate pollution from clean energy investments are estimated to outweigh emissions from oil and gas supplies 24 to 1. We cannot let perfection stand in the way of immense progress.

We at SACE continue to analyze the bill and will be sure to share our findings with you in future blog posts. but for now, it is clear that passing this bill is critically important to addressing the climate crisis.

We have been advocating for climate action for decades and have never been more vocal about climate legislation than this bill represents. We see the impacts of climate change every day, with disastrous consequences around the world. Across the country and around the world, historic heat, drought, famine, fires and floods exacerbated by climate change are sounding the alarm that people are dying and quality of life is suffering from inaction to curb the dangerous warming due to pollution from burning fossil fuels.

It is time for our nation to start in earnest in fulfilling our duty and keeping our promises to the world that we will cut our climate pollution in half by 2030. The Cut Inflation Act puts us on the path to achievement of that goal, putting us halfway or two-thirds of the way to the goal.

This bill is simply too important an opportunity to miss, and with votes coming this weekend, NOW is the time to reach out to our members of Congress and encourage them to vote yes.

So please, Raise your voice today and call on your members of Congress to get this climate investment package across the finish line!

Call on Congress to act on climate

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