Climate Statement: Curbing Inflation Act
Trenton, NJ (August 16, 2022) – Landmark climate legislation, known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (HR5376) was passed in both houses and signed into law by President Biden.
“The impacts of climate change are already visible and felt in the Delaware River Basin, threatening more than 13.3 million people who depend on the waters of the basin. It is essential that we forge a path forward to reduce the impacts of climate change on our communities and limit devastation in the future,” said Kelly Knutson, director of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW). “We commend Congress for responding to the urgency of a global climate crisis and look forward to supporting the administration in implementing it. The Coalition recognizes this step forward and will continue to advocate for additional policies. to better protect the region’s natural resources.
This investment will create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 to prepare landscapes and communities in the watershed to withstand more rain, warmer temperatures and stronger storms . These changes are already having dramatic impacts on the wildlife of our region and the people who call it home.
$369 billion ― implemented over 10 years ― will be dedicated to strategic investments that help address the climate crisis. These dollars are intended to strengthen the nation’s economy and provide crucial investments for frontline communities that have historically been disproportionately impacted by climate change. Additionally, the bill supports vital programs to improve the health of our families and clean up legacy pollution.
Among these investments, here are the highlights of the bill that CDRW is pleased to see incorporated:
- $250 million for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, including $125 million for endangered species recovery efforts.
- $2.6 billion for coastal and marine habitats to help communities become more resilient to worsening storms.
- $3 billion to improve air quality and reduce pollution, especially in Black, Indigenous and other communities of color disproportionately affected
- Over $20 billion in climate-smart agriculture, including U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs and technical assistance.
- $200 million to the Park Service for deferred maintenance projects.
This long-awaited action will help address the crisis to protect watershed communities, wildlife and drinking water resources.
About the Delaware River Watershed Coalition:
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed protects and restores the lands and waters of the Delaware River Basin. We amplify the collective power of over 175 member organizations and other stakeholders as we advocate for a healthy and protected watershed with an inclusive and unified voice. The Coalition unites member and non-member organizations, builds capacity, coordinates communications, and advances policy at the federal and state levels. Click here to learn more.
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