Democrats urge Biden to restart climate negotiations in stalled plan
American President Joe Biden spoke at Germanna Community College, February 10, 2022 in Culpeper. Virginia.
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Over 80 House Democrats called the President this week Joe BidenRestart negotiations regarding his delayed Social Spending Bill and move forward funding to promote clean energy, combat climate change.
This letter arrives several months after House passed more than $500 billion in climate change investmentsin the President’s Build Back better Act. Since then, the legislation has stalled in the Senate and talks between the White House and some key senators have essentially stopped.
Climate legislation will be the biggest federal investment ever in clean energy. It would also help the U.S. meet Biden’s pledge to reduce emissions by half by 2030. according to the nonpartisan analysis firm Rhodium Group.
Climate funding is primarily provided by tax incentives to low emission energy sources. Tax credits are included in the provision to accelerate investment in renewable power, and increase demand for electric cars in America.
In a Monday letter, lawmakers stated that they had witnessed the catastrophic effects of climate change throughout 2021. This was further evidence why it is imperative to take urgent action. We cannot afford to wait for the worst.
“Given that the climate provisions passed by the U.S. Senate have been widely agreed upon, we now have the opportunity to resume negotiations with climate as our key point of departure,” they said.
Rep. Sean Casten addresses a crowd at a rally on climate change near the U.S. Capitol, September 13, 2021 in Washington DC.
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Democratic Reps. Sean Casten of Illinois, Jamaal Bowman of New York and Nikema Williams of Georgia led the letter. Other signees include all the Democratic members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, as well as members of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Legislators cited a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that limiting global warming to close to 1.5 degrees Celsius will become impossible in the next two decades without immediate and major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
The letter did not mention Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who helped sink the Build Back Better Act by opposing it in December. With the exception of a deadlock, 50-50 split in Senate between Democrats and Republicans. Kamala Harris (Democratic Vice President) is the decisive vote.
To make the bill reach the President’s desk, every senator Democrat must support it. The plan was opposed by every Republican member of Congress, who claimed it would lead to worsening the highest inflation in the United States in many decades.
Biden had earlier in the year stated that he would probably. need to break up the planBut he said that Congress could still pass some parts. President Trump also indicated that he is confident that he will get sufficient support for $555 billion of climate spending.