ICYMI: INFLATION REDUCTION ACT ADVANCES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

White House Fact Sheet Details Why the Inflation Reduction Act Delivers for Underserved Communities

In Case You Missed It — Across the country, the Inflation Reduction Act will have a substantial impact on historically-underserved communities, improving public health, reducing pollution, and revitalizing marginalized communities.

The White House released a fact sheet detailing how the Inflation Reduction Act will advance environmental justice for underserved American families and communities. You can read its highlights below.

THE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT WILL: 

  • REDUCE POLLUTION: All people deserve to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in healthy communities free from toxic pollutants. However, research shows that low-income communities, communities of color, and Tribal and indigenous communities are more likely to live near polluting sites and face negative health impacts from ongoing pollution and environmental hazards. The Act invests directly in programs to reduce pollution in frontline communities.

  • IMPROVE CLEAN TRANSIT: Communities living near transportation corridors have been exposed to toxic pollution which can cause respiratory and cardiovascular harm – especially in children. The Inflation Reduction Act will clean up transit systems and provide healthier, sustainable transportation options for all Americans.

  • MAKE CLEAN ENERGY MORE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE: As the U.S. grows its clean energy economy, no community will be left behind. The Inflation Reduction Act helps achieve this goal by spurring solar project development, creating a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator, expanding access to affordable, clean energy in Indian country, and more.

  • STRENGTHEN RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE: People of color and low-income communities live in areas most vulnerable to climate change fueled weather events. The Act will strengthen the resilience of communities to climate change impacts and leverage the ecosystems they depend on.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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