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It Takes Roots

Relatives,

The Build Back Better Act is stalled because coal baron Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia's opposition means the Senate is divided and without enough votes to pass the bill. This is already after months of cutbacks and compromises. While the bill contains investments that will improve people’s lives, it also invests in harmful energy technologies that will devastate frontline communities.

Legislation like the Build Back Better Act would just be a first step towards the full scale of economic transformation necessary to repair, invest in, and sustain our communities, and we need this bill to do no harm. This delay of the Build Back Better Act is a crucial time to demand the Senate remove billions of dollars in handouts to dirty energy corporations in the final version of the bill.

Click here to sign our petition to remove subsidies for dirty energy in the Build Back Better Act

These false solutions include incentives for:

  • Nuclear power production
  • Biofuels, including funding for biofuel development and biomass power plants
  • Carbon Capture and Storage, including for coal, fracking, and enhanced oil recovery projects
  • Hydrogen power production that depends on fossil fuel energy
  • Waste-to-energy production, which is incineration of municipal solid waste that produces high levels of local pollution
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We need bold Climate Justice legislation that doesn’t include support for dirty energy. Sign on to our letter by Wednesday, January 19.

Tell the Senate: NO FALSE SOLUTIONS in the Build Back Better Act!

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About It Takes Roots

#ItTakesRoots centers the leadership and power of urban and rural communities on the frontlines of racial, gender, housing, environmental, energy and climate justice in the United States to advance regenerative economies and healthy communities. ITR is a multiracial, multicultural, intergenerational alliance of networks and alliances representing over 200 organizations and affiliates in over 50 states, provinces, territories and Native lands in the U.S. and Canada, and is led by women, gender nonconforming people, people of color, and Indigenous Peoples. It is an outcome of years of organizing and relationship building across the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and Right to the City Alliance (RTTC) alongside Center for Story-based Strategy and The Ruckus Society.

About Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990, the Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. Indigenous Environmental Network’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

Learn more here: ienearth.org.

Pictured: "It takes roots to cultivate solutions" graphic.