President Biden's proposed American Jobs Act presents an unprecedented opportunity for equitable climate progress. If Congress passes this bill, it will become the biggest investment in clean energy infrastructure ever. It will cut carbon pollution, create good jobs, and make major progress on climate justice.
Not surprisingly, lobbyists working with the fossil fuel industry are actively fighting to weaken the Act, reduce spending, and remove critically-needed climate investments, environmental justice commitments, and other key provisions.
Last November, voters made it clear they wanted climate action out of D.C. So today, we have an urgent call for the White House and the U.S. Senate from the scorched Pacific Northwest:
If climate isn't central to federal infrastructure investments, there's no deal. Period.
The Pacific Northwest is responding to the climate crisis by passing new laws and committing billions in new investments to transition away from fossil fuels. Policies passed in Washington State and Oregon, such as committing to a 100% clean grid, serve as a model for federal action. But our federal government needs to act with the urgent leadership this crisis requires.
A failure to address climate change in this federal infrastructure investment agreement would be an environmental, economic, and public health disaster. We ask you to join us in this position and clearly express the urgency of climate investments.
The latest talk in D.C. is about a watered-down, small-scale infrastructure proposal with virtually nothing in it to fight climate change, a major drop down from the ambitions of the original proposal. It is unacceptable.
We all felt the heat this past week across the region. Now it’s time to bring the heat to our U.S. Senate.