Earth911 Podcast: Tracking Attacks on U.S. Environmental Policy During the Debt Ceiling Debate
Over the past two years, the United States made a significant investment to improve industries and protect the environment. The funding in the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law could help reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 50% in 2030. However, a new debate is happening in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The House Majority Leader, Steve Scalise (R, La.), supports a bill called the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023, which prioritizes lower gas prices over developing renewable energy sources. Adrien Salazar, who works for the Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, is here to talk about the strategies of Republicans and Democrats as they try to raise the debt ceiling.
The Limit, Save, Grow Act would increase pollution globally, even though the atmosphere can take less than 25 years of our current pollution levels. We must avoid exceeding the planet’s carbon budget to prevent the atmosphere from tipping over into disastrous climate consequences. If the bill passes, it would also cancel the $37 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, undo the decisions to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, weaken rules on pollution and emissions, and reduce protections for workers in the energy industry. The bill’s impact on the climate is an important topic, but the focus on the debt ceiling in the media is overshadowing it. The Global Grassroots Justice Alliance is a group of more than 60 organizations in the United States that work on social, climate, and gender justice. Learn more about the GGJA at ggjalliance.org.