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Larson Introduces Bill to Address Climate Crisis Head On and Invest in Nation’s Infrastructure

August 2, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) introduced the America Wins Act (HR. 4142) to address our global climate crisis head on and invest over $1 trillion into our nation’s infrastructure.

“We cannot wait any longer to address our global climate crisis. The America Wins Act would reduce greenhouse gas emissions above and beyond our Paris Climate Accords commitments, while funding historic investments in rebuilding America’s infrastructure and combatting climate change.  Over ten years, over $1 trillion would be invested in all types of needed infrastructure from transportation to clean water, while also dedicating significant funding to clean energy and climate change related programs, and supporting climate justice through assistance to frontline and carbon-reliant communities. It’s time that we make our goals a reality and save our planet,” said Larson.

The America Wins Act:

  • Puts a tax on carbon pollution, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 52% in ten years, laying the groundwork for zero emissions by mid-century. The tax would start at $52/ton and would rise 6% annually above inflation, raising $2.3 trillion in revenue over 10 years.
  • Invests $1.2 trillion in needed infrastructure.
  • Invests $44 billion in clean energy research.
  • Focuses on climate justice by providing assistance to coal-dependent and underserved communities, including pension assistance and green jobs training.

The America Wins Act Fact Sheet can be found here.

The American Wins Act bill text can be found here.