Washington, D.C. — In response to initial details of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“From devastating heat, fires, droughts, storms and floods to long-standing environmental and racial injustice and economic inequality, it’s never been more urgent or more important to act on climate at the scale that science and justice require. While the bipartisan infrastructure package makes some necessary investments, it also has some concerning provisions we will work to improve as the process moves forward. And it is clear that the deal does not meet the moment on climate or justice.
“That’s why Congress must move swiftly on a dual track process to deliver on President Biden’s full Build Back Better agenda, including the transformative investments in climate, jobs and justice. It is imperative that the reconciliation package includes investments to cut carbon pollution by at least half by 2030 and put our nation on the path to 100% carbon-free energy powering our electricity grid and new cars, buses, and buildings by 2035 while delivering at least 40% of investment benefits to communities of color and low income communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution.”