After decades of advocating for climate and clean energy, senator credits young people with victory for environmental justice and a livable future
Washington (August 7, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) – author of the Green New Deal and Waxman-Markey bill of 2009, the only comprehensive climate legislation to ever pass a chamber of Congress – released the following statement after the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The legislation included Senator Markey’s provisions to create a first-of-its-kind climate bank that will invest in disadvantaged communities, provide funds for environmental justice mapping and community engagement, support environmental quality monitoring local air and introduce a brand new production tax credit. for offshore wind technologies made in the United States, among many other hard-won victories.
“Twelve years ago, I watched my landmark climate legislation pass through the House and die in the Senate. Today, powered by a movement that has never wavered in the fight for a livable future, I joined my fellow Democrats in passing a bill that makes historic investments in climate justice and provides the resources we need to have a chance at winning a livable planet.
“As I know all too well, doing nothing is a political option, but it is not a planetary option. The Inflation Reduction Act is far from everything we wanted to achieve, but it’s the beginning of what we need. Above all, this legislation passes the basic climate test of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating millions of new, well-paying union jobs, and beginning the long-awaited process of investing in justice for communities in First line. I am proud that we have not backed down from our commitment to center environmental justice in this agreement, but much more needs to be done to ensure clean air and water for every American and to protect our most vulnerable communities, especially especially those that remain threatened by fossil fuel projects.
“In this legislation, we have also served American workers by energizing the clean energy revolution, with major investments in clean domestic manufacturing for industries like offshore wind. And finally, this legislation is a win for millions of families by reducing health care and prescription drug costs, ensuring big business and tax cheats pay their fair share, and creating new opportunities for workers. and American companies in the clean energy of the 21st century. economy.
“As I voted today, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the commitment of the intergenerational movement that made this moment possible. This victory has been decades in the making, but it took the hard, hard work of countless young people across the country who refused to give up the fight of their lives. Today is a day of celebration and solidarity as we look forward to the battles ahead. With this momentum at our back, we can’t stop there. There can be no going back to business as usual. When we come together, when we refuse to be rejected, then we can win. The Green New Deal generation is here to stay.
This historic package contains several provisions that Senator Markey has championed in legislation or in petitions to the Senate administration and leadership, including:
- Second. 60103: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, $20 billion for general climate bank activities, including $8 billion specifically for disadvantaged and low-income communities, corresponding to the National Bank for Climate Change Act. climate
- Second. 60201: Combat urban heat islands, extreme heat, community air monitoring, reduce indoor toxics with the $3 billion Environmental Justice Block Grants, similar to the Environmental Justice Act. Preventing Heat-Related Illness and Death, Environmental Justice Air Quality Monitoring Act, and Removing Toxic Substances from Schools Act
- Second. 60105: $3 million for air quality sensors in low-income and disadvantaged communities under the Environmental Justice Air Quality Monitoring Act
- Second. 60401: $32.5 million for mapping efforts at CEQ, to help comply with the Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act
- Second. 13102(h): New Eligibility for the Energy-Efficient Electrochromic Glass Tax Credit to Reduce Energy Use in Buildings, Based on the Dynamic Glass Act
- Second. 30001: $500 million for the Defense Production Actto support the efforts requested by Senator Markey in a letter to President Biden
- Second. 40004: $150 million for monitoring, forecasting, and reporting extreme heat and weather information to NOAA, similar to elements of the Prevention of Illnesses and Deaths from HEAT Act
- Second. 70002: $3 billion for USPS clean vehicles, which Senator Markey requested in a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
- Second. 50151: $2 billion in loans to fund transmission facilities that could build CHARGE lines
- Second. 50152: $760 million for grants to facilitate the establishment of interstate power lines as provided by the CHARGE Act
- Second. 50153: $100 million for inter-regional and offshore wind power transmission planning, modeling and analysis. This would allow the development of offshore wind power and the construction of the transmission networks provided for by the CHARGE law
- Second. 60501: Neighborhood Equity and Access Grants Program: $3 billion for grants to improve walkability, safety and access to affordable transportation, mitigate impacts from surface transportation facilities and to plan and build capacity in disadvantaged and underserved communities. Identification, monitoring and assessment of ambient air quality and transportation-related air pollution are also eligible under this program. These programs are contained in Senator Markey’s Complete Streets Act, the Environmental Justice Air Quality Monitoring Act, and Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act.