It calls for Congress to fund at least a $ 150 billion Clean Electricity Payment Program, which would provide incentives and payments for electricity suppliers to gradually increase the amount of clean electricity they produce, 和至少 $ 200 billion for grants and rebates to make homes more sustainable and energy efficient. The letter seeks at least $ 27 billion for a Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator — also known as a green bank — which would leverage private funding and work to get more clean energy projects to disadvantaged communities.
The climate groups also call on Congress to impose fees on the oil and gas industry and end fossil fuel subsidies. Together, the groups estimate, this would raise between $ 35 billion and $ 55 billion over 10 年份.
The provisions the groups list are already included in the budget reconciliation framework Congress approved last month, although it’s not yet determined how much funding each will receive. Environmental and climate groups are going to lobby lawmakers to not trim the overall size of the climate provisions in reconciliation, underscoring that they make up a relatively small portion of the overall price tag.
“Failure is not an option to get this done,” Tiernan Sittenfeld, the senior vice president of government affairs for the League of Conservation Voters, 告诉CNN. “We’re doing everything we possibly can. We’re having conversations regularly with all Senate offices, all members of Congress.”
While most of the work on the budget reconciliation bill will happen this month
, the fate of the legislation is not certain
. 民主党参议员. 西弗吉尼亚州的乔曼钦
, a crucial swing vote for Democrats
, wrote last week that his party should pause before considering the bill and think about trimming the overall cost
. 它的. 亚利桑那州的克尔斯滕电影院
, a fellow Democratic moderate
, has also expressed reservations about the cost
“These policies are going to be hugely beneficial in West Virginia, 在亚利桑那州,” Sittenfeld told CNN.
, the executive director of Evergreen Action
, one of the groups that signed the letter
, told CNN the leverage that groups and progressive lawmakers have for passing bold climate provisions in the reconciliation bill is holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage
, which Manchin and Sinema want to see passed
“I don’t believe it will pass the House unless we’re passing a reconciliation bill alongside it,” Raad said. “I do not think they’ll have the votes.”