Tell the Senate: Stop subsidizing fossil fuels and dirty energy!

We are at a vital moment with the Build Back Better Act which passed the House last month and is now before the Senate. This Act is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that can deliver transformational change by uplifting communities across the United States, creating sustainable jobs, and combating climate change. However, the bill also invests in dirty energy technologies that will devastate frontline communities by providing tax credits that subsidize and incentivize continued oil and gas extraction.

What’s bad in the Build Back Better Act?

The subsidies for dirty energy include: 

  • Nuclear power production
  • Biofuels, including funding for biofuels development, and the Biofuels Infrastructure Program
  • Carbon Capture and Storage, including coal, fracking, and enhanced oil recovery projects
  • Hydrogen power production that depends on fossil fuel energy
  • Waste-to-energy production, which is incineration of municipal solid waste that produces high levels of local pollution

Please join us in calling on the Senate to remove these destructive expenditures.

To reverse the climate crisis at the scale and pace so urgently required, we need to reduce direct emissions and transition to renewable energy instead of extending the life of polluting fossil fuel infrastructure. A just economic recovery means this bill must do no harm.

The Build Back Better Act will not be a climate justice bill with these investments. We cannot applaud this bill on one hand and accept funding for false solutions that will harm frontline communities with the other. As the Build Back Better Act moves to the Senate we urge you to remove expenditures that will harm communities. For the final version of this bill to actually be historic, it must prioritize directly impacted communities and do no harm.

We urge the Senate to remove these harmful expenditures from the final version of the Build Back Better Act, and directly fund real renewable energy and climate justice solutions that do not carry such high risk and inequitable costs to frontline communities and health.

Learn more and get more involved

  • Read the full letter to the Senate with addenda here
  • Sign on to this letter as an organization here
  • Share our press release with your media contacts here