By: Biana Dishmon
Art by Allie Burkhart
On August 10, Congress reached a bipartisan agreement to pass a $1 trillion multi-faceted infrastructure bill combating issues from fixing roads to developing the electrical grid. However, this bill also contains benefits intended to help with the on-going climate crisis.
The subsection concerning climate change focuses on two main factors: transportation and electricity. With transportation, the bill is investing in electrical vehicles and public transportation, both essential in cutting down pollution; the electricity portion will focus on improving transmission and electric-buying parts, which will in turn benefit the economy.
Something else the bill is focusing on is clean energy. Currently, the bill is allotting $150 billion to develop clean energy.
When asked about clean energy, Eco Club President Ayushi Gaur (12) says that the climate aspect of the bill is “a step in the right direction in showing that the United States [cares] about this issue and [are] taking it seriously, but the actual contents of the climate portion I don’t feel are strong enough to get us on track to fight the climate crisis.”
Dr. Sorin, Upper School AP Biology teacher, said, “An investment in all of those [different forms of clean energy] and a push towards supporting industries [towards usage] would help address the carbon dioxide and methane gas and other problems that we get from coal burning.”
As of now, the Democratic party is trying to pass a $3.5 trillion bill towards investment in more clean energy to help reduce the nation’s emissions by 50% before the end of the decade as well as looking to impose fees on polluters and creating a Civilian Climate Corps designed to enlist younger people in helping with conservation projects.
The House will vote on the bill on Sept. 27.
“Within the infrastructure focus, I completely support this bill’s agenda, though I hope that future legislation will focus also on reforming our agricultural sector and promoting a shift towards regenerative farming, one of the best approaches we have to taking on the climate crisis,” said Gaur.
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