**Update: President Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure legislation into law November 15, 2021.
Washington (November 5, 2021)-“These bills are a turning point that puts the United States on a path to a cleaner future for humans and wildlife,” said Marshall Johnson, Acting Chief Conservation Officer of the National Audubon Society. “Our science shows that birds tell us that we need to take bold action now to ensure their and our survival. We recognize that there is more work to be done to address the challenges posed by climate change, but this legislation It represents a crucial step in the right direction.”
The comprehensive infrastructure bill passed by the House of Representatives today, as well as the “Rebuild Better Act” moving forward, contain key funds for building a cleaner future. Although the funding level of some programs is still lower than the funding level needed to truly address the threat of climate change, and although the opportunity to set carbon emissions prices or clean energy standards has been missed, there is still enough meaningful investment to be established Bill. Although the bipartisan infrastructure bill has been passed in the Senate, we urge the House of Representatives and the Senate to immediately vote on the “Rebuild Better” package.
These two landmark bills contain important funds for measures to curb carbon pollution, build communities’ climate resilience, and lay the foundation for a cleaner energy system. The regulations include:
- The extension and expansion of clean energy tax credits, as well as funding for power transmission and new technology demonstrations, will promote significant emissions reductions in the power sector.
- Invest in clean transportation technologies, such as batteries, charging stations and green hydrogen, which will help decarbonize the transportation sector.
- Subsidize isolated well cleaning and methane emission costs,
- Provide funding to the Civilian Climate Corps to mobilize the next generation of conservation and restoration workers,
- Funding to build climate resilience by investing in coastal and water resilience, including responding to droughts, hurricanes and other extreme weather,
- Cancel the oil and gas lease plan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and cancel the existing lease, and
- Provide funding for climate-smart agriculture and forestry to support natural climate solutions.
“We look forward to ensuring that the plans in these bills are implemented as expected, and continue to work to protect and restore the natural landscape that provides habitat for wildlife, while protecting communities from rising sea levels, floods, droughts, and wildfires,” Johnson said. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but the resources provided by these historic bills will help us gain the momentum we need to make real progress in combating climate change.”
2019 Audubon Report It is found that unless the global temperature rise slows down, two-thirds of North American birds will face extinction. Public and private land surveys There is a significant overlap between places that show importance for bird survival and the ability to store carbon naturally, provided that these places are restored and maintained.
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