PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains responds to passage of historic climate legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2022

BILLINGS, Mont. – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation that will provide historic funding investments to create climate and energy programs designed to cut greenhouse gas pollution, the primary driver of climate change. Having passed both chambers of Congress, The Inflation Reduction Act will move to President Biden’s desk, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

Northern Plains Resource Council Chair Joanie Kresich offers the following statement in response:

The grassroots conservation movement should be proud today. Farmers, ranchers, workers, teachers, students, and everyday people from all walks of life, working together in urban and rural communities alike, made this possible. We never wavered from our vision for a clean energy future that meets the demands of the 21st century, and now that vision is within reach.

New opportunities for wind and solar projects, electric vehicles, and expanded energy efficiency will usher in innovations creating durable new jobs and industries that transcend the disruptive boom and bust cycles of the fossil fuel industry.

We understand this bill is not perfect, and nor are the side deals struck as part of the negotiations. But this legislation gives us the tools needed to transform our energy landscape so that future generations can thrive with a healthy, sustainable, and stable climate. As always, we will stay laser-focused on ensuring that Montana and the entire country maximize all opportunities to expand clean energy and efficiency opportunities, one community at a time.”

– Joanie Kresich, Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, a grassroots conservation and family agriculture organization

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