Legislation that includes dozens of provisions to fight climate change is one more step towards the president’s office following a vote close to the party line in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning.
The Build Back Better Act would provide funding to support working families, increase homeownership and tackle the climate crisis by increasing renewable energy and tackling emissions from the oil and gas sector.
“I think this is not only the most significant investment but the most comprehensive investment that we have ever seen in the fight against climate change in the history of our country,” said United States representative Melanie. Stansbury, a Democrat from New Mexico, at a press conference after the passage of the bill.
Stansbury said the bill includes dozens of provisions aimed at addressing climate change “in every sector of our society and in every community in the United States and in our territories and affiliated communities around the world.”
Stansbury said all sectors that emit greenhouse gases contribute to climate change, including the transport, energy and electricity sectors.
“And this bill really takes a holistic approach to solving this problem in all sectors,” she said.
She said the legislation includes funding to upgrade the grid and develop clean energy as well as money for states, tribes and local governments to work on transition plans for their energy sectors. Stansbury also highlighted funding for the creation of the first nationalized infrastructure to “help make the zero-emission transportation sector a reality here in the United States”.
It also includes creating a Climate Conservation Corps modeled after efforts such as the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 1940s and provides nearly $ 14 billion for tribal climate resilience. Stansbury said the Climate Conservation Corps will put New Mexicans back to work by building resilient infrastructure.
The package also includes legislation that U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández, a Democrat from New Mexico, sponsored to increase bonding requirements for oil and gas wells and to implement inactive well charges. These efforts are aimed at reducing the number of orphaned and abandoned wells in the future.
“We cannot continue to litter our beautiful lands and pollute our precious air,” said Leger Fernández.
The bill must now go through the United States Senate, and senators from New Mexico have pledged to push it past the finish line.
“The Build Back Better Act is a game changer for our country,” US Senator Martin Heinrich said in a press release. “It will make unique investments in the American people, lower costs, lower taxes, create climate careers, and finally make the rich and corporations pay their fair share.”
US Senator Ben Ray Luján also said the legislation will create jobs and expand opportunities.
“As I have said for months: we will get there, and today we are now one step closer to delivering New Mexicans,” he said in a press release. “With the support of Americans across this country, this historic legislation will soon be passed by the Senate and enacted, and it will make a difference in the life of every community across America.”
U.S. Representative Yvette Herrell, a Republican from New Mexico, voted against the package. In a press release released Thursday before the vote, she said it would increase the budget deficit and “threaten to explode already skyrocketing inflation in the stratosphere, hurting savings, retirement funds and incomes. millions of American families “.
Herrell criticized several elements of the bill, including what she said granted amnesty to undocumented immigrants and what she described as “handouts, bailouts and special interests to implement the first phase of the so-called Green New Deal “.
On Friday morning, Herrell tweeted that “Build Back Broke will go down in history as more dire than the ‘Too Big to Fail’ bailouts, Obamacare and the 2016 Ghostbusters movie combined.”