Under the guise of “permitting reform” (a necessary step for renewables), the bill would gut the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an essential tool for environmental justice communities that ensures they have at least some say in new fossil fuel projects. This is a sleight of hand that would abandon communities already under siege—like the folks who’ve been fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline for years, and winning.
Last week’s smoke was a sobering reminder of what’s at stake—and far, far more so is the Pakistani flooding of the last few weeks (often ignored by US news outlets), which has left over 50 million people displaced and a third of the country under water—in a country where the average carbon footprint is one fifteenth that of the average American.
The Inflation Reduction Act, for all its failings, was the biggest step forward on climate that the country has ever taken. We can’t let the “side deal” leave communities behind.
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