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Passage of major climate legislation is victory for future generations

Original post made by Ann Brown, Livermore, on Aug 17, 2022

All of us working to preserve a livable world for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren can find much to celebrate in the climate provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act recently signed into law. It empowers a huge investment in low-carbon technologies and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 2005 levels by 2030. With these policies in place, our country will embark on a transformational journey to wean ourselves off the fossil fuels driving climate disruption, and in the process, remove air pollution that sickens millions of Americans and inflicts billions of dollars in damage to our economy.

The Inflation Reduction Act will speed this transition by providing tax credits over the next 10 years to develop and deploy clean energy like wind and solar. Money will also be used to help households become more energy efficient and to replace aging gas appliances with ones powered by electricity, like heat pumps and induction stoves. Middle- and low-income Americans will also be eligible for tax credits to help them buy electric vehicles, thereby reducing the carbon emissions and unhealthy air pollution from gasoline-powered cars and trucks.

The incentives in this legislation will provide economic opportunity here in the Tri-Valley by increasing the demand for products and services like Monarch Tractor, Gillig Electric Buses, our Solar Industries, Wind Power, and Regenerative Agriculture. It will bolster the measures in the Climate Action Plans developed by our cities. Innovation from the Livermore Lab, such as biogas utilization, carbon farming, and local microgrids, can expand beyond the demonstration level here in Livermore to implementation in many other communities.

Disadvantaged communities that typically bear the greatest burden from climate change and pollution will also get help. Some $60 billion will be used on environmental justice programs in those communities.

This long-sought breakthrough on climate legislation was made possible by grassroots support. Over the past year, for example, Citizens’ Climate Lobby generated more than 200,000 letters and phone calls to members of Congress. Members of other advocacy groups urged Congress to tackle climate as well. This victory was won by concerned citizens who made their voices heard by decision makers in Washington. We thank Rep. Eric Swalwell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Sen. Alex Padilla for their votes for the Inflation Reduction Act.

Meaningful steps to fight climate disruption come not a moment too soon. Extreme weather-related disasters made worse by rising temperatures, like flooding this summer that killed dozens in Missouri and Kentucky, are becoming more frequent and could soon outpace our ability to adapt and recover. In California, the impact of an altered climate is being felt with prolonged drought, high temperature days, wildfires, sea level rise, and impacts on wildlife and forests.

Throughout the global community, the U.S. has been viewed as a laggard on climate change. This legislation will help restore U.S. climate leadership. Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced in every country around the world, and our example will inspire and motivate other nations to increase their climate ambition.

More will be needed to meet the U.S. pledge to cut emissions in half by 2030, but for now let’s celebrate the passage of this historic legislation, which brings hope that we and future generations can live in a hospitable climate. It is a legacy that we owe to all beings with whom we share this miraculous planet.
Ann Brown, Group Leader, Tri-Valley Citizens’ Climate Education; Madeleine Para, Executive Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Comments (6)

Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 18, 2022 at 7:58 am

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"With these policies in place, our country will embark on a transformational journey to wean ourselves off the fossil fuels driving climate disruption, and in the process, remove air pollution that sickens millions of Americans and inflicts billions of dollars in damage to our economy."


Our economy is already being damaged because of these policies.

Abundant energy supplies are being restricted, people can't afford gas for their cars, and taxes are being raised for everyone (despite Biden's claims saying otherwise) during an economic downturn. The "transformational journey" is the creation of a collectivist welfare state where the government encourages people not to work and promises more items for "free".


Posted by Swagu
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 18, 2022 at 9:11 am

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The same neckbeards crying about saving the planet have their cities covered in homeless, needles, and trash.

Meanwhile the price of homes and college is soaring well above the CPI the last 30 years. In today's dollars a home in Pleasanton ($34k in 1970) would be under $300k adjusting for inflation. Now hardworking upstart Americans can't even buy a little 3Bedroom/2Bathroom to live in while investment banks and foreign millionaires are buying them up in cash above asking.

You want a victory for future generations? Clean up the Bay Area and make it affordable for the middle class.


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 18, 2022 at 3:07 pm

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First, why is this author upset about CO2? It’s an essential gas for plants, like food. Please show us the data why CO2 is bad. Secondly, why are we required to destroy our economy (and life) over lowering a gas that China and India (the big polluters) are not held to the same standard. You do realize that these two countries nullify any effort by the US. Lastly, and I will write slowly for comprehension, Climate Change is only going to benefit the elites through their investments. Obama and Al Gore scream about rising oceans, so why did they by mansions on the waters edge?

The real problem regarding weather are the chemtrails sprayed globally. Web Link


Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 18, 2022 at 3:11 pm

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"Middle- and low-income Americans will also be eligible for tax credits to help them buy electric vehicles, thereby reducing the carbon emissions and unhealthy air pollution from gasoline-powered cars and trucks."


So they are "eligible".

Middle and low-income Americans are currently struggling to make ends meet because of Biden's "transitory" inflation and don't have an extra $50,000 or $60,000 laying around to buy an electric car. Another example of the "climate lobby" being out of touch with reality.


Posted by Kevin
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 18, 2022 at 7:43 pm

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Thank you Ann for sharing your opinion.I wholeheartedly agree!

The Inflation Reduction Act is a huge step toward doing our share of reducing the emissions. We in the USA lead and other nations follow. It is also a huge step toward reducing the cost of expensive drugs. The 15% cap on wealthy corporations will not increase taxes on regular people. Even if you go with what Republicans say, it will have minimal impact on taxes which savings will counter.

The Republicans are climate deniers and do nothing party.

Inflation has peaked and is going down. Gas prices are already down a lot. We have the lowest unemployment in 50 years! There have been major bills passed the congress in addition to inflation reduction act, gun law, chip manufacturing, infrastructure,

Let’s face it - Biden is getting it done!


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 19, 2022 at 7:04 pm

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I typically side with fundamental government protections/ensuring access to clean water/air/energy. These are good gov areas of focus (infrastructure vs headline social justice warrior trends)

To call this an inflation reduction bill is laughable. You don’t solve inflation with more fake $

There are some good things in it.

And it can also be true that housing/homelessness/education/geopolitical areas are failing

We need to stop being so polarizing.


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