President Biden’s original infrastructure proposal (more formally, the American Jobs Plan) included major investments related to mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis. However, the compromise bill designed to make infrastructure spending more palatable to Senate Republicans contains very little in the way of climate initiatives. Colorado’s Senators need to hear from us: “No Climate, No Deal!”
Please write to Senator Michael Bennet and Senator John Hickenlooper to let them know that infrastructure programs must include a focus on the climate crisis. A sample e-message is provided below; please personalize.
Dear Senator XXX:
Please oppose any infrastructure compromise that does not include major investments in mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis.
The original American Jobs Plan included funding to make the electric grid 100% carbon-free by 2035, to switch from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric-powered vehicles, and to make buildings and other structures more resilient to climate-related hazards. This represents a good first step for our nation in doing its part to respond to the climate crisis, although much more will be required in the years to come.
The Senate majority should not cave in to the Senate minority’s refusal to acknowledge the reality of the climate crisis. Spending at the scale needed to address the climate crisis must be approved through reconciliation before any compromise infrastructure bill designed to gain support from climate change deniers is approved. No climate, no deal!