The Columbus Dispatch

Build Back Better’s climate advocacy is a step toward our future


The Build Back Better Act, having recently passed in the House, is now up for debate within the Senate, with many pressing for a vote to be made before the year ends.

The deal is massive, calling for a total of $1.75 trillion of spending, most of it going toward various social expenses. A whole $555 billion is being put toward fighting climate change, as it aims to cut pollution, reduce energy costs, provide jobs, advance environmen­tal justice and sustain climate investment­s.

Bold legislatio­n like Build Back Better is the kind of climate action that has been needed for years, so it’s refreshing to see it in the works. Climate advocacy is certainly essential on the community level, but for the sake of everyone’s future, the main contributo­rs to climate change need to be held accountabl­e and businesses need to be incentivis­ed to engage in sustainabl­e practices.

Fingers crossed it passes, but regardless, this is just one of the steps toward building a future we all deserve.

Henry Schuellerm­an, Columbus

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