Record-breaking heat waves provide backdrop for Senate climate action, including Markey’s Civilian Climate Corps
Washington (July 19, 2021) – As our planet continues to experience record heat and climate-related disasters that have killed hundreds from Portland, Texas to the east coast, the Senate is in the midst of a unique situation. generation moment for climate action. the Washington post Highlighted Friday’s climate crisis, which was felt nationwide:
“A series of brutal heat waves have ravaged the Pacific Northwest and western Canada in recent weeks, setting temperature records, fueling intense forest fires and causing hundreds of deaths. A burnt down Canadian city. Once unthinkable triple-digit temperatures have baked the landscapes, contributing to what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has called the hottest June on record for the United States. “
the To post also highlighted the central role of Senator Markey in the fight for climate action in upcoming infrastructure packages and the importance of the timing facing the climate movement:
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), A longtime advocate for more ambitious climate action, said Democrats had no choice but to try as much as possible to pass a legislation that tackles a looming global problem.
“This is the most important time for climate action in years,” Markey said in a statement Thursday. “We have work to do to get these programs right, but I have no doubts that we will craft a final bill that is fair and equitable, creates jobs and significantly reduces emissions. “
A key piece of the climate action legislation being considered in the reconciliation plan is Senator Markey’s proposal Law on the Civil Body for the climate for employment and justice. This legislation updates, modernizes and expands the concept of the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps and will create over a million new, fair and well-paying jobs across America while addressing the climate crisis . The program will ensure that all Americans who wish to participate can do so, regardless of race, age or gender; broaden the range of eligible projects; providing 21st century health and education benefits; deepen partnerships with unions; and preserve tribal sovereignty.
The Civilian Climate Corps will administer a large national service program and provide streamlined and enhanced grants to expand the existing network of more than 130 local and state service and conservation corps. This unique combination of a federal program and partnerships with community organizations, all under one umbrella, will leverage the network and local expertise of new and existing “partner bodies” while rapidly developing a large number of projects. on duty. 65% of voters across the United States are supporting the creation of the Civilian Climate Corps.
Another key climate proposal included in the outline of the reconciliation plan is Senator Markey’s bill to create a national climate bank, also known as the Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator, which he presented with Senator Chris Van Hollen and which Representative Debbie Dingell presented to the House. . This institution would mobilize public and private funds to invest in low and zero emission technologies and infrastructure, as well as building renovation and energy efficiency. This legislation would provide funding to eligible regional, state and local green banks, invest directly in projects that reduce carbon emissions, support workers and communities negatively impacted by the climate transition, and provide technical assistance for the start-up of new ones. green banks around the United States. It would also require that at least 40 percent of all investments be directed to disadvantaged communities facing climate impacts.