Congress Must Maintain Historic Climate and Economic Progress

A plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling would reverse job-creating tax incentives and jeopardize climate and conservation protections.
A bright red bird with black wings perched on a tree branch and singing.
Scarlet Tanager. Photo: Travis Bonovsky/Audubon Photography Awards

WASHINGTON – The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a debt limit plan that would raise the nation’s debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion while rolling back significant initiatives that protect communities and wildlife from climate threats. Raising the debt ceiling would not authorize new spending; instead, this action allows the U.S. government to pay existing debts authorized by Congress. 

“This plan would reverse widely supported progress to reduce carbon pollution, while also hurting our nation’s economy by upending job-creating clean energy tax incentives,” said Felice Stadler, Audubon’s vice president of government affairs. “This legislation’s focus on repealing the historic Inflation Reduction Act will put future generations of people and wildlife at risk from the worst effects of climate change. Science shows that encouraging investment in measures like clean energy and maintaining important ecological sites on public lands will help reduce emissions, protect biodiversity, and create a cleaner future for us all. We cannot allow these hard-won measures to be repealed.”

A 2019 report from the National Audubon Society found that two-thirds of North American bird species will be vulnerable to extinction if global temperatures are allowed to rise at the current rate. Adopting forward-looking clean energy policy is critical to reducing pollution, slowing the rise in global temperatures, and preserving the high-quality habitats that birds like the Wood Thrush and Scarlet Tanager need to survive.

You can read more here about how the Inflation Reduction Act will achieve widespread clean energy deployment and deliver other important benefits to birds, people, and the places we all need.

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