Debt Ceiling Proposal Would Reverse Progress on Climate, Environmental Justice, Clean Energy

WASHINGTON D.C. —  Congress should handily reject the House Majority’s debt ceiling proposal and protect recent progress on climate action, clean energy innovation, and environmental justice. The National Wildlife Federation urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a debt-ceiling bill that responsibly meets our nation’s obligations to creditors without jeopardizing clean energy innovation and vital programs that Tribes, families, and wildlife depend upon.

“The majority’s debt-ceiling proposal would not only be a financial disaster for hardworking families and the country, but also would portend an ecological disaster by ignoring the ongoing climate and biodiversity crises,” said Abby Tinsley, vice president for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation. “The Limit, Save, Grow Act is a regressive proposal that will levy steep costs on hardworking families, U.S. businesses and innovators, and future generations. Congress should reject this proposal and focus its attention on meeting our nation’s obligations to our creditors and our responsibilities to our children and grandchildren.”

The debt-limit proposal has a range of provisions that would be corrosive to U.S. climate leadership, environmental justice priorities, and clean energy, including:

  • Reversing improvements and reforms to ensure community input and environmental justice factor into federal projects and decisions
  • Undoing investments in made-in-America manufacturing jobs and clean-energy innovations
  • Repealing clean energy tax credits
  • Rolling back consumers incentives, including credits and deductions for consumers to make energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes and businesses and purchase electric vehicles

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