ICYMI: Hoosiers Voice Support for Inflation Reduction Act, Largest Investment to Fight Climate Change in Nation’s History


New Albany News & Tribune: Southern Indiana climate group supports Inflation Reduction Act

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated how President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) already has support from Hoosiers across the state. Just days before André Carson and Frank Mrvan helped pass the IRA, the Southern Indiana chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby voiced their full support for the legislation. Why? The IRA is providing the largest investment to fight climate change in our nation’s history. Hoosiers will see new jobs create solar and wind farms across Indiana which will help the nation achieve a 40-percent decrease in greenhouse admissions by the end of the decade.

The Inflation Reduction Act will deliver a brighter future for Hoosiers, and it was Indiana Democrats who helped get it done. 

In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party – including Todd Young – said “NO” to this brighter future. Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called this project “socialism” – claiming the Republicans’ opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. The Indiana GOP’s opposition to the kitchen-table issues like climate change is another reminder they have no plan for Indiana’s future – just abiding by an extremist agenda, like making abortion access against the law. 

Here’s a look at the Hoosiers who are already on board with the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act: 

New Albany News & Tribune: Southern Indiana climate group supports Inflation Reduction Act

Members of a local climate change advocacy group are praising the agreement between U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that could lead to the inclusion of new energy policies in this year’s budget reconciliation bill.

Labeled the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the legislation includes incentives and investments that Senate Democrats tout will reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030.

A deal between Democrats Manchin and Schumer allowing the legislation to move forward was announced last week. Democrats claim the act will invest $300 billion into deficit reduction and $369 billion into energy security and climate change without raising taxes on small businesses or families earning $400,000 or less annually, which was a sticking point for Manchin. […]

“Our volunteers in Indiana have spent the last 12 months pushing Congress to be as ambitious as possible on climate policies in this reconciliation package and stand alone legislation,” said Heather Swinney co-leader of the Southern Indiana chapter of CCL. “Many Hoosiers and Americans see climate and its impacts as a top priority. It’s great to see Congress being responsive to constituents. We are thrilled that climate policy is looking likely this Congress.”

Incentives included in the measure that could lead to lower utility costs are particularly important to Hoosiers with companies like Duke Energy requesting rate increases, CCL members stated in a Thursday news release.

“Here in Indiana, we’ve experienced many extreme heat days and have witnessed dangerous extreme weather patterns in Kentucky, like the horrific floods that just ripped through Eastern Kentucky,” Swinney said. “We know that lowering the emissions warming our world is vital to slow the climate extremes we are seeing close to home and all around the world.”


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