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Letter: Protect the climate


Recently, Senator Joe Machin said the Build Back Better Act was “dead” and no longer had the momentum to pass the Senate. For climate advocates, it’s a devastating possibility because the Build Back Better Act contains environmental justice provisions that would reduce pollution, invest in communities and help create jobs in the renewable energy industry.

As a lifelong member of the Middletown community, I have seen the impacts of pollution and declining air quality. It’s exciting to see our city invest in new businesses, like our waterfront. However, I believe it is imperative that our leadership within the community continue to keep environmental justice at the forefront of our concerns. This BBB provision would benefit our community by reducing air pollution and investing in climate-resilient and energy-efficient housing.

Even if the House version of Build Back Better cannot pass, the bill’s environmental justice provisions are still critically important to so many Americans, and I support their passage in whatever form they take. . Whatever Congress decides, I’m calling on Sens. Murphy and Blumenthal to adopt these climate provisions – the sooner they do so, the sooner the provisions can protect lives and livelihoods in Middletown.

Shall Baxter