Eleanor Hildebrandt | November 23, 2021
The House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better bill narrowly on Friday. The bill sets aside billions for fighting climate change across the U.S.
The legislation creates initiatives to combat climate change broadly, including the electrification of the U.S. Postal Service’s cars and the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps, according to USA Today. This bill passed after President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Nov. 15. The infrastructure bill gave $555 billion to global warming mitigation alone.
The Build Back Better bill invests money into renewable energy and electric vehicles alongside funding initiatives to clean up pollution. The pollution program specifically helps Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other communities of color that have been on the front lines of toxic pollution, according to The Center for American Progress. $160 billion is invested in looking at environmental injustice and inequity in these communities.
There are also a few climate-based tax credits created by the legislation, including a 10-year credit for clean electricity generating capacity and a transmission investment credit that looks to upgrade the U.S. power grid.
Alongside the Civilian Climate Corps, the act creates a Rural Partnership Program. The program will receive $1 billion to empower rural communities to build their economies to continue helping rural American become more climate-conscious.
The Build Back Better bill isn’t strictly investing in fighting climate change. The bill also invests in preschool education, an expansion of Medicare coverage, lowering prescription drug costs, and health care subsidies for low-income Americans among other initiatives.