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August 10, 2022

The Senate Passes Long-Awaited Climate Bill

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Summary

The Inflation Reduction Act is the largest investment in climate policy in U.S. history, including more than $300 billion to address global warming. It also sets a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030 and creates an electric vehicle tax credit. Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss what the bill offers and what it leaves out. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Five Facts

  • What are some of the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act that address climate change?
  • Who is interviewed for this story, and what is his background?
  • How will the bill help address climate change, according to Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.?
  • Why is the bill called the Inflation Reduction Act?
  • When did Congress first start developing the environmental plan that made it into the bill?

Focus Questions

What do you think are the most important problems addressed by the bill? Do you think the bill will help solve those problems? If not, what might work better?

Media literacy: Why do you think Rev. Yearwood Jr. was chosen to provide perspective on this bill? What expertise does he have? Who else might you want to hear from?

For More

  • For a breakdown of everything in the Inflation Reduction Act passed by the senate, see this article.
  • How might the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act impact mid-term elections this fall? For analysis, watch the following video with David Brooks and Jonathan Capehart.
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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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