CARSON CITY, Nev. — Today, the White House and Congressional leadership released its framework agreement for The Build Back Better Act, which includes bold action to meet the Climate Test by putting us on the path to cut pollution in half by 2030. The bill positions the United States to take on the threat of climate change, while putting Neevada’s already robust clean energy industry into hyperdrive, reducing costs for families, and ensuring Nevada’s frontline communities aren’t left behind as the nation builds the next generation of energy. This framework also has the potential to create thousands of clean energy jobs in Nevada, while simultaneously protecting the existing tourism, outdoor recreation, and agricultural jobs that Nevadans depend on. 

In response to Congressional Democrats releasing the Build Back Better Act, Lori Lodes, Executive Director for Climate Power, released the following statement:

“This is our climate moment. The historic climate investments in the Build Back Better framework put our nation on the path to cut pollution in half by 2030. It’s a huge opportunity for Congress to take on the climate crisis and make a bold investment in our country’s future. The Build Back Better Act will keep our economy growing by creating millions of good clean-energy jobs. It will lower energy bills for families, invest in the communities who’ve borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution and put people to work protecting our public lands and waters. 

This is a “code red” moment for humanity and the Build Back Better Act is our best, last chance to tackle the climate crisis and build the clean energy future we need. If we pass the Build Back Better Act and continue to make it a national priority to cut emissions in half by 2030, we will reach President Biden’s ambitious 2030 goal. This truly is our climate moment and it’s up to Congress to deliver for the American people today and for generations to come.”

Nevadans are already experiencing the devastating effects of the climate crisis. Deadly record-breaking temperatures have become the new normal. Massive wildfires have destroyed 122,902 acres throughout the state and the smoke has made Nevada home to some of the worst air quality on record. Latino communities were hit even harder by dangerous air quality and pollution. Nearly all (94%) of Nevada’s Latino population lives in counties that received an “F” grade for ozone pollution. 

The devastation from these climate catastrophes has caused public demand for climate action to grow into a leading issue in Nevada and throughout the country. New polling from Hart Research shows that 60% of registered voters in Nevada support the bold climate action and clean energy investments in the Build Back Better Act.

Nevadans know they have among the most to gain — or lose — and they want their leaders to take climate action. Recent polling shows: 

Nevadans know ambitious climate action will bring jobs, lower energy costs, less pollution, and a more stable climate for generations to come. This framework is a direct response to those demands for climate action and will serve as a critical foundation for more action on a local and state level in Nevada during this most decisive decade for our planet.