WASHINGTON- “America is once again an important player in the global effort against climate change with the passage of this historic bill,” said Elizabeth Gray, CEO of the National Audubon Society. “Science shows that failure to slow the rate of global temperature rise has devastating consequences for birds, and as an indicator species found in almost every habitat on Earth, it is a signal of d alarm to all of us, the provisions of this bill are a step forward in achieving our emission reduction goals.
The United States House of Representatives today passed the Cutting Inflation Act, a sweeping bill that provides funding for clean energy, climate resilience, agriculture conservation and forestry, environmental justice and other provisions that make up the largest US federal legislation ever devised to address climate change. The bill will now go to President Biden, who will sign it.
“Birds have told us that we need urgent action if we are to protect ourselves and the wildlife we love from increasingly severe climate threats,” said National Audubon conservation officer Marshall Johnson. Society. “From the plains to the coasts, and from the most remote forests to our most populated cities, climate change affects us all. This is an important time for climate action.
Among the promising provisions are:
Extensive tax credits for renewable energy and electric vehicles
A levy on harmful methane emissions
$100 million for offshore wind and regional transmission planning
$25 billion for agricultural and forestry conservation and technical assistance
$2.6 billion for coastal conservation from NOAA
$4 Billion Western Drought Responsee and resilience
Investing in environmental justice efforts with a focus on BIPOC communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change
A Audubon Report 2019 found that two-thirds of North American bird species will be vulnerable to extinction unless global temperature rise is slowed. A public and private land survey showed significant overlap between places important for bird survival and natural carbon storage capacity, provided these places are restored and maintained.
The National Audubon Society protects the birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works across the Americas using field science, advocacy, education, and conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters and partners give Audubon an unprecedented scale that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A non-profit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more about audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.