Home Climate justice Save the Trees or I’ll Break Your Knees: Build Back Better would help the environment, but it’s unlikely to pass

Save the Trees or I’ll Break Your Knees: Build Back Better would help the environment, but it’s unlikely to pass


The United States is not a pure and direct democracy, but a representative democracy. However, state representatives are jeopardizing America’s reputation as a symbol of democracy, as they consistently put their personal political agendas ahead of what their constituents really want. One of the biggest examples of this is the issue of environmental justice.

Although Americans tend to be less concerned about climate change than those of other countries, Pew Research Center still reports that 74% of Americans are willing to make personal changes in their daily lives to address climate change, in stark contrast to the lack of environmental policy passed in Congress.

of President Joe Biden Building back better The plan has been a point of contention in Congress since it was first introduced, but, if implemented, would result in historic steps to protect the planet from further destruction brought on by climate change. Although already approved by the House of Representatives, the bill is still awaiting a vote in the currently conservative-leaning Senate, thus jeopardizing its passage.

$162.9 billion on the $1.75 trillion bill will support climate justice, providing block grants and programs to reduce pollution; create affordable, climate-resilient housing and infrastructure within communities; investing in clean energy transmission; and establishing a civilian climate body to create clean energy jobs.

Some examples of projects This would happen as a result of block grants, including the installation of solar power in economically disadvantaged communities and the replacement of streetlights with US-made LED bulbs.

The plan will include tax cuts for companies that use clean energy technologies such as renewables and electric vehicles as well as for consumers of these products, putting the country on the right path to completely carbon-free electricity. by 2035 and reducing net-zero emissions across the economy. by 2050. It will also create new quality jobs in the energy sector.

According to EDLabor.House.gov, funding a Civilian Climate Corps would boost job training and service opportunities, creating jobs while simultaneously fighting pollution and climate change. More than $15 billion would go to climate-focused service opportunities, delivered by AmeriCorps, while more than $4 billion would go to preparing workers for jobs in emerging fields that help address the climate crisis. .

Ultimately, the Build Back Better plan is unlikely to pass the Senate as is, which could result in a watered down version of the bill being proposed later. Given the polarity of the current political environment in the United States, this too could easily not pass. If there is any hope of keeping our planet as a livable place for all, the number of politicians who simply dismiss climate change as a real and devastating consequence of human activity diminishes it further.

Saving the Earth and those who inhabit it is no longer a matter of writing to your representatives and expressing the importance of the issue, but of rejecting your representatives altogether.

Although nearly a year has passed since Biden’s inauguration, Donald Trump’s baseless rhetoric and bigoted supporters continue to seriously taint American democracy. Its grip on nearly every sitting Conservative politician is damaging our political system as well as our planet in unprecedented ways. Members and women of Congress are no longer loyal to their constituents but to a man who openly denies climate change and basic science.

Meg Diehl is a freshman journalism student at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of columnists do not reflect those of The Post. What are your thoughts? Tell Meg by tweeting her at @irlbug.