In response to last night’s passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework in the US House of Representatives, which includes important funding for climate programs—providing significant investments for climate and clean energy investments, including funds for research and development of renewable energy, modernizing our electric grid, and supporting the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure—World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Marcene Mitchell, senior vice president of climate change:

“Last night’s vote by the House to pass bipartisan infrastructure legislation shows Congress can move forward to advance tangible and effective solutions to climate change. This legislation will help accelerate efforts to meet the US commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 50-52% by 2030, but while it is an important and necessary step, by itself it is not sufficient. We have a long way to go, and with almost no time left to act, the next step must be passage by both houses of Congress of the Build Back Better Act. If we are to keep the hope of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees alive and reverse the devastating trends for people and nature that we are seeing around the world, then Congress must provide the investments needed to fully live up to America’s responsibility to lead and its commitments to act.

“Tens of thousands of people from every walk of life and every corner of the world are marching in the streets in Glasgow demanding action, and with time running short to meet the challenge science has laid out for us, any progress we can make is critical. We welcome President Biden’s signature on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and redouble our call on Congress to act now and pass the Build Back Better Act.”