Clean Wisconsin applauds the passage of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act in Congress and the key environmental provisions it contains: a $7.5 billion investment to build a nationwide network of electric-vehicle charging stations, plus funding for thousands of new electric school and transit buses; $15 billion to replace harmful lead water pipes; and another $10 billion to help communities clean up dangerous PFAS chemicals.
“These are lasting investments in infrastructure that will help people across Wisconsin,” said Clean Wisconsin President and CEO Mark Redsten. “Every family in our state deserves safe drinking water; access to clean, affordable transportation; and protection from the worsening impacts of climate change.”
The act also provides $47 billion to help the nation prepare for wildfires, hurricanes, droughts and severe storms brought on by the growing climate crisis. Legislation is an important first step, but Congress must now urgently turn its attention to the Build Back Better Act, the largest effort to fight climate change in American history.
That act includes $320 billion in clean-energy tax credits, $110 billion to support clean-energy technology and manufacturing, and $27 billion for sustainable farming practices and cover crops. House leaders recently scrapped plans for a vote on Build Back Better, but it could be brought up again before Thanksgiving.