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Environmental Groups Urge Congressional Leaders to Leave Climate Provisions in Infrastructure Package

A coalition of environmental groups in a letter Thursday warned congressional leaders not to decouple climate provisions from any infrastructure package they take up.
In the letter, addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), climate groups comprised of more than 15 million members said climate provisions must remain in the American Jobs Plan.
“Our groups cannot support policies that continue to allow increases in the pollution that drives climate change or increases economic and environmental inequity for communities of color, indigenous, and low-wealth communities,” the letter states. “We must put this country firmly on track toward the 100% net zero carbon economy with good quality jobs that the President has committed to; the very same goal that scientists tell us is necessary to meet within the decade.”
Those who signed the letter include Mitchell Bernard, president and chief counsel for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune; Union of Concerned Scientists President Johanna Chao Kreilick; Center for American Progress founder John Podesta; and Earthjustice President Abbie Dillen.
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