The climate crisis calls for a massive public investment that allows a transition toward renewable energy systems that heals our collective fossil fuel dependency. We need an investment that repairs the disproportionate impacts on communities where pipelines, refineries, and other polluting infrastructure are strategically placed. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is one step in the right direction. This massive bill includes widespread corporate tax increases and investments that can lower energy costs. Also, IRA sets new standards for quality jobs and lower healthcare and pharmaceutical costs. Clear-eyes analysis and action are needed to implement and distribute these benefits justly and to achieve new policies that meet the scale of our visions.
In this first-of-a-kind panel series with experts that will discuss:
- What exactly can the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) do for my state or neighborhood?
- How can policy advocates, researchers, and power-building organizations proactively prepare for equitable and community-influenced implementation of the bill?
- Where does IRA miss the mark or cause harm?
- What must we proactively organize in future domestic and global climate justice legislation?
john a. powell, Director, The Othering and Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley
Johanna Bozuwa, Executive Director, Climate and Community Project
Joe Reechie, Cheif Executive Officer, Praxia Partners
Sarita Turner, Senior Fellow, Prosperity Now
Eli Moore, Director, Community Power and Policy Partnership Program at OBI, UC Berkeley