WASHINGTON, DC — 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, create millions of clean energy jobs, reduce costs for families, and ensure communities on the frontline of climate change aren’t left behind as the nation builds the next generation of energy.

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.

Over the past year  as communities in every corner across the country suffered from climate driven extreme weather, power outages, and outrageous energy costs  public demand for climate action has grown into a leading issue. The vast majority of Americans want Congress to act on climate change, and start benefiting from that action in the way of jobs, lower energy costs, less pollution, and a more stable climate for generations to come. This framework is a direct response to those demands and will serve as a critical foundation for more action on a local,