Nevada Conservation League Celebrates House Passage of Historic Climate Bill
Posted by Angelyn Tabalba in on November 20, 2021
Build Back Better Act includes significant investments to address the climate crisis and bring clean energy jobs to Nevada
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Today, Nevada Conservation League joined climate leaders across the country to celebrate the passage of the historic Build Back Better Act (BBBA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The BBBA represents the largest effort to combat the climate crisis in American history, with unprecedented investments to address the climate crisis, cut carbon pollution, deliver action on environmental justice, reduce energy bills for working families, and create millions of quality union jobs.
“We thank Representatives Dina Titus, Susie Lee, and Steven Horsford for their commitment to expanding clean energy in our state and for supporting a budget that makes investments to cut pollution, create jobs, and boost Nevada’s economy,” said Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Paul Selberg. “These historic investments put our country on a path to reduce the carbon pollution that drives climate change, invest directly in communities of color that are too often left behind, and create good-paying local union jobs. Now, we need Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen to follow Congressional leadership and immediately pass the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) in the Senate and take a major step forward on climate action.”
Earlier this week, President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, with necessary investments in infrastructure, including electric vehicle charging stations, electric school buses, and grid modernization, and new jobs. Together with the Build Back Better Act, the investments put our community on a path to meet our state’s emissions reduction goals, improve the lives of Nevadans by cleaning up the air, and expand clean energy jobs.
The historic BBBA is the culmination of decades of tireless work by climate advocates, congressional champions, clean energy experts, and families and communities long impacted by climate change, believing we can and need to take climate action. The House vote is a major win for our health and environment made possible by years of advocacy.
As communities across Nevada suffer from the devastating effects of the climate crisis, demand for climate action has grown. Deadly record-breaking temperatures have become the new normal. Massive wildfires have destroyed 122,902 acres throughout the state and the smoke has made Nevada home to some of the worst air quality on record. Latino communities were hit even harder by dangerous air quality and pollution.
Nevada voters want to see climate action now. Data shows 60% of registered voters in Nevada support the complete Build Back Better Act, with more supporting bold investments into clean energy resources and 61% of registered voters in Nevada believe that climate policies should be a priority for Congress this year. Further, 64% of registered voters in Nevada want their Senators to support this legislation.