“The landmark Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is the single biggest federal investment in climate change, environmental justice, and family sustaining clean energy jobs in our lifetimes,” said Matthew Stepp, PennFuture Interim President and CEO. “This legislation will take critical steps to eliminate carbon pollution by making an historic investment of $369 billion in zero-carbon technologies, clean manufacturing, and energy innovation, putting the United States closer to its international climate goal.”
“Nonetheless, PennFuture has deep concerns that this deal could perpetuate fossil fuel development and sacrifice zones throughout Appalachia depending on how it’s implemented,” continues Matthew Stepp. “We must remain committed to ensuring these clean energy investments are made equitably and don’t leave polluted communities behind, because if done correctly, this will go down as the most consequential climate investment and justice bill ever passed by Congress.”
But when looking through the lens of carbon reductions, this bill is a gamechanger. It establishes a new economic vision around family sustaining jobs, sustainable industries, and homegrown clean tech manufacturing. PennFuture applauds each member of the House of Representatives and Senate who has spent decades fighting for climate policies and helped get this bill to President Biden’s desk. We look forward to supporting its implementation in the months and years ahead, particularly to ensure that it promotes a clean energy industry in Pennsylvania, not more pollution through carbon capture, hydrogen, pipelines, and fracking.
PennFuture is Pennsylvania’s leading environmental advocacy organization with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Erie and Mt. Pocono. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.
Interim Director, Communications