20 national environmental, public health, and climate advocacy organizations called on
The message to
"The climate investments included in the Build Back Better Act put us on a clear path to cut climate pollution in half by 2030 by creating new clean energy tax incentives, transforming our power sector to achieve 100% clean electricity and investing in communities too often left behind," the letter reads. "Anything less fails the Climate Test that science and this moment demand. If we don't act now, communities will face even more devastating and extreme droughts, fires, hurricanes, flooding and storms."
The letter is signed by Black Millennials for Flint, the
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The Climate Test: The Build Back Better Act must put us on a clear path to cutting climate pollution in half by 2030.
Scientists and experts agree the only way we truly will slow the effects of climate change is to make it a national mission to cut climate pollution in half by 2030. It's up to
The climate investments included in the Build Back Better Act put us on a clear path to cut climate pollution in half by 2030 by creating new clean energy tax incentives, transforming our power sector to achieve 100% clean electricity and investing in communities too often left behind. Anything less fails the Climate Test that science and this moment demand. If we don't act now, communities will face even more devastating and extreme droughts, fires, hurricanes, flooding and storms.
Passing the Climate Test means
Here is what
1. Clean Energy Tax Credits: Tax credits for clean electricity, vehicles, new technology and manufacturing will create jobs, jumpstart new businesses, help working families afford electric vehicles and more efficient appliances, and lower energy costs. The clean energy tax credits are key to cutting the pollution that is making extreme weather even worse.
Clean Electricity Tax Incentives: ten years of full-value, flexible, direct pay tax credits to developers to build new renewable electricity projects like solar and wind across the country relying on high quality jobs and domestic supply chains. (Latest scoring estimates: approximately
Clean Vehicles Tax Credits: refundable tax credits to car-buyers at the time of purchase of new and used electric cars and trucks, promoting domestic production and high-quality unionized labor. (Latest scoring estimates: approximately
Emerging and Enabling Technologies: tax incentives for transmission, energy storage, clean fuels, sustainable aviation fuel, green hydrogen, direct air capture, and advanced energy manufacturing investment. (Latest scoring estimates: approximately
Clean Manufacturing: new tax credits for the manufacture of critical solar and wind components and advanced batteries, new investments in automotive manufacturing facilities, and support for cleaning up industrial processes to ensure the competitiveness of American industry in the emerging global clean energy economy.
2. Clean Energy Investments: Through incentives for clean energy,
Clean Electricity Payment Program: a combination of payments and penalties for utilities that will drive the sector to 80 percent clean electricity by 2030, while helping protect customers. (Minimum need:
Rural Electric Coops: forgiving federal debt owed by rural electric cooperatives for stranded investments in retiring coal plants to allow all communities to transition to renewable electricity. (Minimum need:
3. Make Polluters Pay: In addition to investing in our clean energy future, it is critical that oil, gas and coal companies are held responsible for polluting our communities, air and water.
Methane Fee: a fee on the oil and gas industry for the carbon pollution they flare, vent, and leak during extraction. (Not yet scored but may raise approximately
End Fossil Fuel Subsidies: putting an end to tax code loopholes and subsidies for the promotion of fossil fuels after decades of harmful support. (Latest scoring estimates: raises
4. Disadvantaged Community Investments: as part of
Clean Energy Sustainability Accelerator: a green investment fund with a focus on deployment of clean energy with 40 percent of investments targeted to disadvantaged communities. (Recommended funding:
5. Agriculture and Conservation: investment in the conservation and stewardship of forests and critical conservation programs at the