Infrastructure Bill Makes 1st Major US Investment in Climate Resilience

"WASHINGTON — The $1 trillion infrastructure bill now headed to President Biden’s desk includes the largest amount of money ever spent by the United States to prepare the nation to withstand the devastating impacts of climate change.

The $47 billion in the bill designated for climate resilience is intended to help communities prepare for the new age of extreme fires, floods, storms and droughts that scientists say are worsened by human-caused climate change.

The money is the most explicit signal yet from the federal government that the economic damages of a warming planet have already arrived. Its approval by Congress with bipartisan support reflects an implicit acknowledgment of that fact by at least some Republicans, even though many of the party’s leaders still question or deny the established science of human-caused climate change."

Coral Davenport and Christopher Flavelle report for the New York Times November 6, 2021.


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"House Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Putting Social Policy Bill on Hold" (New York Times)

"House Passes $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill That Includes Transport, Broadband And Utility Funding, Sends It To Biden" (CNBC)

"How The Infrastructure Bill Happened And What It Will Do" (E&E News)

"Democrats Cheer Reconciliation Vote, But Big Fights Remain" (E&E News)

Source: NYTimes, 11/08/2021