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For Immediate Release

Greenpeace USA response to House passing the Build Back Better Act


In response to the House vote on the Build Back Better Act, Janet Redman, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaign Director said:

"Today the House committed to much-needed investments in deploying clean energy, a civilian climate corps program, and environmental and climate justice grants. However, their failure to eliminate billions of dollars in handouts of our tax money to prop up the fossil fuel industry means Congress continues to fund racist impacts of fossil fuel pollution[1], and further lock-in death and destruction from extreme droughts, wildfires, and storms fueled by the climate crisis. At COP26 John Kerry told the world that fossil fuel subsidies are the definition of insanity[2]. It's time for Congress to follow through on these public statements. As the Build Back Better Act moves to the Senate, we're looking at Sen. Schumer to pass a bill that eliminates fossil fuel subsidies. Our tax dollars should support us, not kill us.

"70 percent of Americans are worried about global warming and 55 percent are saying that people in the US are being harmed by it right now[3], yet fossil-fuel-puppet Republicans and coal millionaire Manchin want to continue to hand money to the industry driving us towards climate catastrophe. The Senate must listen to the majority of Americans who are simply asking for a healthy planet for our kids, our loved ones to get care when sick or hurt, and good quality jobs that allow everyone to put food on the table."

Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

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