Annual Legislative Conference – The IRA, New Tech, and Meeting our Climate Goals
The United States has committed to significant and ambitious goals to reduce our carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030, and to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through executive action and investments made through the bipartisan infrastructure law, we are making progress in achieving these goals. These policies and the Inflation Reduction Act will further move us towards these goals, and will provide the resources necessary to make additional investments in research and development, creatively deploy existing technologies, make new technological breakthroughs, and do even more to ensure that we are able to meet the targets which we have set. This process will provide significant opportunities for our nation, particularly for minority communities, environmental justice communities, and others previously left behind. But to ensure that we improve equity as we address the climate crisis our communities must be consulted and must be part of the conversation. This discussion will consider the benefits and drawbacks of what technologies and policies are necessary to meet our climate goals and what their impacts may be on environmental justice and minority communities.