Inflation Reduction Act a historic win for climate action 

More work needed for rivers and climate justice 

August 8, 2022

Contact: Sinjin Eberle, 720-373-0864 

American Rivers today applauded the Senate for passing the historic Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which represents the largest climate action in history. The bill contains $369 billion for climate and energy provisions, including $4 billion to combat drought in the western U.S. 

Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:  

“From the flooding in Kentucky to the drought crisis in the Southwest, communities are already feeling the devastating and costly impacts of climate change. In addition to drastically reducing emissions, we must protect and restore the rivers our communities need to survive and thrive.  

“This bill is a historic step forward, and the work is far from finished. Along with the forward-thinking provisions, the deal also includes investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, as well as a possible agreement to weaken vital safeguards such as the Clean Water Act. We must stay vigilant, defending our rivers and clean drinking water supplies from harm and ensuring impacted communities are in control of their futures. 

“Rivers are the source of powerful, equitable, cost-effective climate solutions. A healthy river is a community’s first line of defense against climate impacts, offering clean drinking water, flood protection, sustainable food, and safe places to stay cool and connect to nature and culture. 

“We urge the House to get this legislation over the finish line and deliver on the climate solutions our communities urgently need. And we urge President Biden to declare a climate emergency to advance just, equitable solutions for rivers and communities nationwide.