June 16, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) joined leaders of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), New Democrat Coalition (New Dems), and Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to do everything in his power to reach a deal and sign into law a revised reconciliation package that includes the climate investments passed by the House in November. The members pointed to the energy and inflation crises resulting from Putin’s war against Ukraine as further proof that the U.S. must transition to a clean energy economy as quickly as possible.
“As the world continues to deal with the fallout of Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine and the resulting energy crisis, we write in support of your long-term vision for a clean energy future,” the members wrote. “The climate investments in the House-passed reconciliation package would provide the long-term antidote to both the energy crisis and the inflation crisis our nation currently faces. These investments would help transition all sectors of our economy to a clean future with good jobs and environmental justice at its heart – from our power grid to our transportation systems, our buildings to our industries, and our agriculture to our public lands and waters.”
The members continued, “Unfortunately, we no longer have the luxury of waiting if we want to prevent the worst consequences of climate change. We simply cannot fail to meet this moment.”
“We urge you to work with our colleagues in the Senate to reach a deal that will get these critical climate investments signed into law. The window to achieve a deal is rapidly closing, and so time is of the essence. We stand ready to do what is necessary to accomplish our shared goal of building a clean future for America,” the members concluded.
A full copy of the letter can be found here.