Over the past two years, the United States has made significant investments to improve industries and protect the environment. Funding the Cut Inflation Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Act could help cut the country’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. However, a new debate is unfolding in the government-controlled House of Representatives. the Republicans. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R, La.) backs a bill titled Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023 that prioritizes lower gas prices over growing renewable energy sources. Adrien Salazar, who works for the Global Alliance for Basic Justiceis here to talk about the strategies of Republicans and Democrats as they try to raise the debt ceiling.
The Limit, Savings and Growth Act would increase pollution globally, even though the atmosphere may take less than 25 years from our current pollution levels. We must avoid exceeding the planet’s carbon budget to prevent the atmosphere from falling into disastrous climatic consequences. If passed, the bill would also cancel the $37 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, reverse decisions to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, weaken pollution and emissions rules, and reduce the protection of workers in the energy industry. The impact of the climate bill is an important topic, but the focus on the debt ceiling in the media overshadows it. The Global Grassroots Justice Alliance is a group of over 60 organizations in the United States working on social, climate, and gender justice. Learn more about the GGJA at ggjalliance.org.