Failure Is Not An Option: Biden Must Lead To Deliver Climate Investments In BBBA

In response to Senator Joe Manchin’s recent statement on the Build Back Better Act, Evergreen Action Executive Director Jamal Raad released the following statement:

“This moment is a defining test of leadership for President Biden. When future generations look back on this presidency, will they remember a President Biden who fought to ensure a liveable future, or one who kicked the can down the road on the defining crisis of our era? The transformative climate investments included in the Build Back Better Act are our last, best chance to tackle the climate crisis before it's too late. Failure is not an option.

“We know that investing in our clean energy future will drive down energy costs for American consumers and businesses by $9 billion. The Build Back Better Act’s investments in clean energy will help tackle inflation and deliver reliable, affordable American-made clean energy to households across the country. We also know that the clean energy transition is currently not happening fast enough to meet America’s climate goals. For our best shot at a liveable future with lower energy bills, healthier communities, and millions of new good-paying clean energy jobs, we need the climate investments in the Build Back Better Act. Those investments are fully paid for and funded for ten years, as Senator Manchin has requested for other components of the bill. It’s time for President Biden and Congressional leadership to get back to work and find a way to deliver real climate action. If they don’t, their chief legacy will be failure on climate change.”