CA Groups, Tribes Praise New Bill, Call for Climate Emergency Declaration

Suzanne Potter, Producer | Public News Service Link to article

As President Joe Biden gets ready to sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law, California conservation groups are hailing it as the country’s largest-ever investment in the battle against climate change.

The bill puts $369 billion into projects to reduce carbon emissions, boost clean energy, mitigate damage from climate change, and more.

Phillip Williams, councilmember for the Yurok Tribe in Northern California, said the money could supercharge his tribe’s effort to restore their land after 150 years of environmental degradation.

“It’s a great start to help fix the environmental damage that has been done on the Yurok territory,” Williams outlined. “From gold mining, clear-cut logging of our redwood trees, and then damming of our rivers.”


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