"Climate Bill Improves Air Quality Despite Fossil Fuel Benefits"

"Marginalized communities inundated with air pollution could be some of the biggest beneficiaries of the tax and climate bill.

Environmentalists say the bill would bring potentially transformative local air quality gains, despite a tradeoff of benefits to the fossil fuel industry.

Along with climate provisions such as incentives for clean energy and methane reduction, the Inflation Reduction Act (H.R. 5376), carves out a host of funding opportunities for community-level air quality actions in polluted areas. The Senate passed the measure on Aug. 8, and the House is slated to take it up Aug. 12.

The deal—an historic move toward lowering planet-warming emissions by 40% by 2030— also would reduce air pollution through port electrification, the transition to electric vehicles, cleaner household appliance alternatives, and increased community air monitoring."

Jennifer Hijazi reports for Bloomberg Environment August 11, 2022.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/12/2022