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By Nadia Ramiagan
November 9, 2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Experts say the consumer rebates outlined in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act will help families save money as they shift to clean energy and electrification.
Perry Bryant, co-founder of the West Virginia Climate Alliance, explained the rebates, along with tax credits, will save the average family hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs.
“In particular there are tax credits for solar and wind and batteries, and also electrical vehicles,” Bryant outlined.
Lawmakers across the U.S., including Del. Rodney Pyles, D-Monongalia, have signed a letter calling for climate solutions that overlap with those in the Build Back Better Act.
According to polling from Navigator Research, 66 percent of Americans supported the Build Back Better Act in September.
A majority of Americans are worried about global warming and 55 percent say they think that people in the U.S. are being harmed by the climate crisis right now.
Bryant pointed out while Biden’s recently passed infrastructure bill provides funding for flood resiliency and disaster mitigation, it does not address limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the number scientists have determined the planet cannot afford to surpass.
He added the measures in the Build Back Better Act are specifically tailored to combat global warming by cutting emissions.
“The second measure really goes toward reducing emissions so that we can prevent these extreme weather events from occurring in the first place,” Bryant stated.
The Biden administration said the legislation will be the largest effort to combat climate change in American history. The framework aims to cut greenhouse-gas pollution by one gigaton by 2030, reduce consumer energy costs, improve the quality of air and water, and advance environmental justice by investing in a clean-energy economy.
References: Build Back Better framework White House 10/28/2021
Letter Elected Officials to Protect America 09/15/2021
Poll Navigator Research 09/21/2021
House Resolution 3684 2021
Greenhouse gas information National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Dec. 2013