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Ellen Sciales, press@sunrisemovement.org 

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Sunrise Responds to Easing of BBB Carbon Capture Threshold in Senate

WASHINGTON -

Following the news that Sen. Manchin and corporate Democrats want to ease carbon capture requirements so fossil fuel corporations have greater tax breaks, Deirdre Shelly, Campaign Director of Sunrise Movement, released the following statement: 

“It’s criminal that the Senate wants to scrap the carbon capture threshold so dirty power plant operators can get even more tax credits and incentives. Power plants that disproportionately harm Black, brown, and working class neighborhoods already get billions in tax credits, with little to show for it. 

“This is essentially a government handout of up to tens of billions of dollars to the fossil fuel industry. Meanwhile, our communities are drowning from historic floods, kids are in constant peril of climate disasters, and our families are slowly dying from the toxic pollution coming from these very same corporations. 

“Senator Schumer can’t let fossil fuel corporations hijack Build Back Better, and must do everything in his power to protect or strengthen the 75% capture rate for carbon, and stand up to Joe Manchin and corporate Democrats who are trying to make fossil fuel corporations richer, at the expense of communities on the frontline of the climate crisis.” 

This news comes as reconciliation talks have stalled in Congress, with reports that Manchin doesn’t support the House passed reconciliation package, which would be a historic investment to climate.  

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Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

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