For Immediate Release
November 14, 2021
Contact: Aimee Inglis, Communications Coordinator, It Takes Roots, firstname.lastname@example.org
140 Organizations Call on Senate to Remove Dirty Energy Subsidies from the Build Back Better Act
Washington, D.C. – 140 organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Ron Wyden, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, urging them to remove a slew of expenditures and tax subsidies in the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) that would incentivize dirty energy sources and technologies that will harm communities and prolong a fossil fuel-based economy. Signatories to the letter include the Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, Right to the City Alliance, Peopleâ€™s Action, Greenpeace USA, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, Oil Change U.S. and more.
The letter calls on Senators to remove all fossil fuel subsidies that support polluting coal, gas, and oil production. The letter also calls for the removal of tax credits and funding from the Build Back Better Act that would subsidize nuclear power, biofuels and biomass energy, hydrogen power, waste-to-energy production, and carbon capture and storage technology that incentivizes continued coal, gas, and oil production.
Letter signers called this collection of energy technologies â€œfalse solutions,â€ citing the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Recommendations Report on President Bidenâ€™s Justice40 Initiative, which demands all Federal investments to â€œdo no harm,â€ and names these dirty energy sources in its list of projects that do not benefit communities. These technologies harm communities on the frontlines of energy materials extraction, production, pollution, and the climate crisis.
â€œPresident Biden and Members of Congress are touting the Build Back Better Act as a potentially historic investment to confront the climate crisis. While there are substantial investments that could support progress, the bill also includes handouts to fossil fuels and dirty energy technologies that harm already overburdened and historically harmed communities. Congress and the President should not throw frontline communities living with fossil fuel extraction and climate crisis under the bus to get this bill across the finish line.â€ said Bineshi Albert, Co-Executive Director of the Climate Justice Alliance.
â€œThese incentives in Build Back Better are give-aways to the polluting industries that got us into this mess. Congress Members, Senators, and the President are negotiating with peopleâ€™s lives. Investing in dirty energy would lock in years of continued emissions and climate delay that harms Indigenous, Black, and People of Color communities the most. A Build Back Better Act with billions of dollars for industries that want to keep polluting cannot reasonably be called a climate bill. Senators must remove dirty energy from this bill and direct funds to support a just transition to a renewable energy economy.â€ said Adrien Salazar, Policy Director of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
An addendum to the letter outlines how subsidies to each of these energy sources produces environmental health and justice risks that disproportionately affect Indigenous nations and communities and Black and People of Color communities. For example biomass burning and biofuels are net contributors to carbon emissions for at least 50 years, municipal waste incineration produces local pollutants that produce hazardous health impacts, and carbon capture storage or utilization technology prolong fossil fuels extraction and production. The letter calls for the removal of the 45Q tax creditÂ that would not only subsidize coal and gas production, but that incentivizes enhanced oil recovery, a production method that extends the life of oil fields.
The letter calls on Senators to act to remove these dirty energy investments while the bill is under review in that chamber. Signers state: â€œThe 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.Â For the final version of this bill to actually be historic, it must prioritize directly impacted communities and do no harm.â€
Read the full text of the letter, addenda, and a list of signatories here.
For organizations and individuals requesting to sign-on visit unitedfrontlinetable.org/bbbafalsesolutions.
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We need to get off of fossil fuels as quickly as possible. No false solutions such as those listed.
No to dirty energy in the Build Back Better Act! 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.
SO STUPID! HOW CAN YOU BUJILD BACK WHEN YOU ARE SHELLING OUT MONEY TO FOSSIL FUELS! IS CONGRESS THIS DUMB OR JUST BALANTLY CORRUPT!! I FEAR IT IS BOTH! Pretty Simple, huh!
the people of this country need and want a better place for us all!
While we have fought for substantial funding for climate, care, and justice, the bill also invests in harmful energy technologies that will devastate frontline communities by subsidizing dirty energy and incentivizing continued oil and gas extraction. These 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
Nuclear …… NO
Transmission lines all over the place for “renewable energy”…..NO
Electric vehicles that depend on fossil-fuel source points for electricity…NO
Please, please, please don’t make this about more centralized nonsense for a few greedy people to profit with “net zero” carbon, but highly non-ecologically sound energy “solutions”….
that is about the last thing we all need…..