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HISTORIC VOTE: US House Passes Build Back Better Act to Lower Energy Costs, Create Jobs, Cut Pollution that Causes Climate Change

11.19.2021

Phoenix – Today, the US House passed President Biden’s Build Back Better Act (BBBA), sending the jobs and climate measure to the United States Senate. The BBBA is the most significant investments in climate and clean energy in U.S. History. Today’s vote is a major step on our path to reducing the carbon pollution that drives climate change – while creating jobs and lowering costs for millions of Arizonans. The Senate must move swiftly to pass the BBBA and its climate provisions.

In response to Representative Tom O’Halleran’s vote for the BBBA, Mi Familia Vota Arizona State Director Carolina Rodriguez Greer issued the following statement:

“The Latino Community is on the frontline of the current climate crisis. This is not an existential threat but a very real one for Latinos. We need action to address this now. We thank Representative Tom O’Halleran for taking the lead on clean energy and supporting a budget that cuts pollution, lowers energy costs for families and boosts Arizona’s economy. Now we need Senators Sinema and Kelly to follow O’Halloran’s lead and vote for the Build Back Better Act.”

If signed into law, the BBBA would set the United States on a path to a 50-52% reduction in carbon pollution by 2030. That’s the same goal scientists say is necessary to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Time is running out, and Arizona needs all of our elected officials to support the Build Back Better Act. We need to act now on climate.

Here is what is included in this historic legislation:

CLIMATE POLICIES which put the U.S. on the path to cutting our climate pollution in half by 2030, invest directly in communities of color too often left behind, and create good-paying union jobs.

HOME EFFICIENCY: $3.5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program to help low-income households increase energy efficiency and reduce bills and emissions. GRID

MODERNIZATION: $5 billion in grants for resiliency, $5 billion for innovative reliability upgrades, with $1 billion aimed at for rural communities.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tax credits for consumers who purchase EVs of up to $12,500 per vehicle. These incentives would have a critical impact on climate and air pollution by inducing rapid market transformation, and improve air quality in high traffic areas.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING: $5 billion to help states deploy EV charging infrastructure + $2.5 billion in competitive grants for EV charging and other alternative fuel infrastructure. Arizona-based Lucid Motors recently won Car of the Year from MotorTrend for its car, the Lucid Air. Along with a clean grid, rapid electrification of passenger vehicles and medium- and heavy-duty trucks would prevent 150,000 pollution-related deaths and save consumers $2.7 trillion by 2050.

ORPHANED WELLS: $4.7 billion to plug methane leaks and remediate environmental damage at abandoned oil and gas wells. @ThirdWayEnergy has estimated that this would clean up 250,000 wells and create an average of 10,000 jobs over five years.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: Nearly $30 billion in to deliver additional tools to cut emissions across the economy and keep US workers and industries ahead of the curve in global energy market

JOB TRAINING: BBB Act training programs will prepare Arizona’s workers for high-quality jobs in fast-growing sectors like public health, childcare, manufacturing, IT, and clean energy. Nineteen Arizona community colleges will have the opportunity to benefit from grants to develop and deliver innovative training programs and expand proven ones.

Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.