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Congress Debates Biggest Climate Change Bill Ever

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J. Scott Applewhite
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks at an event on the urgent need to counter climate change in the U.S. with transformational investments in clean jobs, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Congress is considering two massive bills that both contain action on climate change. The first is the infrastructure bill that would pledge billions of dollars toward cleaner transit and resiliency projects in disaster-stricken communities. The second is the $3.5 trillion bill that would direct billions of dollars to incentivize coal and natural gas burning utilities to switch to renewable energy. Using a budget process known as reconciliation, Democrats hope to pass this second package with only Democratic votes.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss climate legislation are Natural Resources Defense Council Climate and Energy Program Director of Federal Electricity and Utility Policy Yvonne McIntyre; City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability Director Michael Forrester; and Green Umbrella Executive Director Ryan Mooney-Bullock.

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