As oil executives testified Thursday on Capitol Hill about decades of spreading disinformation and refused to commit to an end to fossil fuel lobbying, advocates were outraged by the severely reduced climate action commitments included in Democrats\u0026#039; Build Back Better framework after weeks of negotiations.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nPresident Joe Biden released details Thursday about the $1.75 trillion spending plan—scaled back significantly from the $3.5 trillion proposal put forward by progressives—after meeting with congressional Democrats, saying the proposal now includes $555 billion for programs to incentivize the use of electric vehicles, solar and wind energy, and decarbonize certain industries.\r\n\r\n\u0022A climate plan that fails to directly confront the oil and gas industry cannot possibly be considered meaningful.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe failure to end $15 billion in annual direct government subsidies for oil companies like those represented in the House Oversight \u0026amp; Reform Committee hearing, said Food \u0026amp; Watch Watch, represented \u0022a historically significant failure of leadership\u0022 on the part of Biden and Democratic leaders.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022On a day when Congress is finally holding the oil and gas industry accountable for its climate disinformation campaigns, President Biden has announced a spending plan that fails to do the same,\u0022 said Mitch Jones, policy director of the group. \u0022Given the prime opportunity to cancel billions of dollars in domestic subsidies for oil and gas polluters, the president and congressional leadership have rolled over. A climate plan that fails to directly confront the oil and gas industry cannot possibly be considered meaningful.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022We cannot rely on credits, grants, and loans to incentivize our way out of the worsening climate crisis,\u0022 Jones added, referring to plans to expand grants and loans to\u0026nbsp;boost clean energy in rural areas and the agricultural sector, manufacturing credits, and other initiatives.\r\n\r\nThose financial incentives will replace plans for the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), which would have rewarded utilities for using renewable energy sources and forced big polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they emitted.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nGreenpeace noted that the $555 billion in climate spending will leave Biden falling short of \u0022his own climate targets.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe clean electricity initiative would have eliminated carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035, with the president pushing to reach net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050. The package also leaves out a fee for methane use by the oil and gas industries, a provision that was reportedly cut from the framework at the insistence of right-wing Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022The Biden administration and Congress\u0026#039;s inability to craft a bill that ends taxpayer funding of the industry most responsible for the climate crisis is a betrayal of Biden\u0026#039;s campaign promise, the will of the people who elected him, and a failure to deliver on a globally agreed-upon, common-sense climate policy,\u0022 said Janet Redman, climate campaign director for Greenpeace USA.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe framework was released just days before the president is set to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, and left climate advocates alarmed over the message the package sends to the international community as countries prepare to make their own commitments to tackle the planetary emergency.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022This spending package is not enough to prove that the U.S. is a global leader in a world in a climate crisis,\u0022 said Redman.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe Sunrise Movement, which has led protests in recent weeks demanding that right-wing Democratic senators including Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) end their obstruction of the Build Back Better agenda, emphasized that progressives in Congress still have to agree to the package that resulted from weeks of negotiations.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022This framework is exactly that—it\u0026#039;s just a framework,\u0022 said executive director Varshini Prakash. \u0022A deal is not a deal until progressives agree to it.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nPrakash called the $555 billion proposed investment in climate action \u0022promising\u0022 but said the elimination of numerous provisions to help lower- and middle-class families was \u0022appalling and frankly cruel,\u0022 warning, \u0022progressives are the ones who have fought like hell for Biden\u0026#039;s full agenda, and their votes cannot be taken for granted.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told Politico that House progressives \u0022need to have certainty, either through legislative text, through uniform agreement, that we can trust\u0022 that the pared-down reconciliation package will have the support of all 50 Democrats in the Senate before the narrower Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) is passed.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022First and foremost, passing BIF alone, I do not think is a positive climate message,\u0022 said Ocasio-Cortez. \u0022I think having and agreeing on a plan to draw down emissions and invest in environmental justice in this country is what we want to send the president to Glasgow with.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe Sunrise Movement and other progressive groups echoed Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who made a similar demand.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022We stand with Sen. Sanders and House Progressives on needing to see the legislative text, ensuring Sen. Manchin and Sinema vote for the reconciliation package, and passing reconciliation in the House before the House brings the BIF to a vote,\u0022 said Prakash.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nRedman called the framework \u0022a clarion call to the climate movement and all who care about their kids\u0026#039; futures to double down and demand climate action at the scale, speed, and ambition necessary,\u0022 expressing hope that fossil fuel subsidies could still be eliminated from the final version of the spending package.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022We will continue to push for aggressive climate policies and to eliminate all fossil fuel subsidies until the final bill is signed,\u0022 said Redman.