With Historic Infrastructure Investments Clearing the Senate, Climate Power Focuses on Opportunity for Congress to Take Bold Climate Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Senate announced passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Tuesday, Lori Lodes, Climate Power Executive Director, called for both the Senate and House to take up, without delay, a budget resolution that would create historic climate action by passing President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. 

“With bipartisan support, the Senate just committed to making historic investments in our nation’s outdated infrastructure and laid the foundation necessary for taking bold climate action. Modernizing the grid, replacing lead pipes and capping abandoned wells are important steps that benefit workers on the job and families at home. Now it’s time to make historic investments in the fight against the climate crisis. 

“The world’s leading scientists issued a challenge this week: we still have time to stop the worst impacts of climate change, but it requires putting politics aside and taking immediate action. It’s time for lawmakers to unleash American ingenuity and innovation to meet the climate crisis head on. Doing this means jobs, more sustainable neighborhoods and healthier communities, cheaper energy costs, and the chance to build a more just and equitable nation. It’s time Congress rise to this moment and build back better.”

Climate Power recently released a new survey finding that over two-thirds of voters (71 percent) support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal backed by Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Three-quarters of voters (75 percent) think it is important for lawmakers to address climate change and transition to clean energy in addition to the framework’s investment in infrastructure. More than 8 in 10 voters (83 percent) are concerned that future generations will bear the brunt of extreme weather events.