To the editor:
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently indicated he “cannot move forward” with the Build Back Better Act. One of Senator Manchin’s reasons for not supporting the legislation was that “the energy transition [his] colleagues seek is already well underway in the United States of America.” Though the energy transition is underway, it is not moving nearly fast enough to protect Americans from the worst impacts of climate change.
Americans across the country are more concerned about climate change than they have ever been. We need to make our voices heard. As a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a steadfastly bipartisan climate action group, I know that our organization, along with many others, will continue to push hard to keep climate a central issue in the ongoing negotiations and advocate for a carbon price to be added to the legislation.
As responsible citizens, we all need to make sure that every member of Congress understands this concern and shares their constituents’ sense of urgency to solve the problem.