With a slim pro-climate majority in Congress and a climate champion in the White House, we have a unique opportunity to pass federal policy to address the climate crisis in this critical decade.
Over the past year, we have worked hard with partners across the state to make sure Michigan’s Congressional Delegation does everything they can to pass into law the historic climate justice policies in the Build Back Better Act. This policy would invest billions of dollars in wind, solar and efficiency to move us toward 100% renewable energy; create a Civilian Climate Corps to put people to work in good paying jobs; invest billions in electric vehicle charging stations and EV rebates; modernize the electrical grid; and make major investments in environmental justice communities.
We helped organized events with Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and at the office of Representative Elissa Slotikin. We met with the staff of Senators Stabenow and Peters. We organized hundreds of calls and emails into their offices.
In late November, the House passed BBBA, with historic funding for climate solutions intact (to the tune of $555 billion). On December 19, Sen. Joe Manchin declared that he would not vote for the package. Since the Senate Democrats need every single vote for this to pass, this was a major blow. We are now hearing that BBBA negotiations have started back up, and that climate is a top priority for a majority in Congress. We expect that we will get a chance to pass some version of the Build Back Better Act or other climate policy before the summer, but it will likely be smaller and with edits and cuts.
Fossil fuel interests are still doing everything they can to try to stop the bill and are pressuring the Senate to water down this language and climate provisions. These special interests have succeeded in delaying action on climate change for decades. We cannot let them succeed in watering down these bills.
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Call your Senators Today
Here's what to do:
1. Call the offices of both of your U.S. Senators.
You can reach Sen. Debbie Stabenow's DC office at (202) 224-4822 or look up your local office here.
You can reach Sen. Gary Peters DC office at (202) 224-6221, or look up your local office here.
2. When you reach their office, ask to talk to their policy staff that work on climate change. If you aren't able to speak with them, leave a message.
Below are our suggested talking points to say once you are connected.
"Hi, my name is _____. I’m a constituent of yours and I care deeply about climate change. I am calling to urge you to do everything in your power as my Senator pass the Build Back Better Act with full funding for all climate programs. Michigan is already experiencing the impacts of climate change, like the severe storms and flooding that impacted thousands of people this summer. Climate scientists have made clear with the latest IPCC report that we only have a narrow window to stabilize the climate, and to do so we must pass the climate investments in this budget proposal!
Thank you for using your voice during this crucial window for federal climate justice action!