America doesn’t, and then it does

America doesn’t, and then it does—it’s often our history.

As my blog post of 25 July “America Surrenders on Climate Change” (accessible at related, America’s Congress had given up on passing climate legislation . . . but then it put forth big climate legislation.

If passed, this legislation will remake America as a clean energy nation. The details are in the following newsletters. It’s quite the whiplash, as one climate reporter noted, and I thank the legislators who have so far have led as we navigate the shoals that could sink our ship (for example, every Republican senator is opposed to the climate legislation, but the Democrats currently have the majority in the Senate when Vice-President Kamala Harris’s vote is included).

After reading that America’s Congress had failed to pass legislation necessary to stop the greatest threat to our future and to that of other species, I prayed that night to God, asking him to save us from ourselves. I think his love, goodness and wisdom was at work in the hearts of the legislators who did the work that was just done. MRM

⸺ Maxine Joselow (with research by Vanessa Montalbano), “The Manchin-Schumer deal could be the most significant climate bill yet,” e-newsletter “The Climate 202” from The Washington Post, 29 July 2022.

“The agreement — which includes generous tax credits for clean energy and electric vehicles — could put the United States on track to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, according to the Rhodium Group, a research firm.

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Somini Sengupta, “What the surprise deal means for climate,” the Climate Forward e-newsletter from The New York Times, 28 July 2022.

     “It could be a game changer.”
     “If passed, it would be the largest investment in renewable energy in the history of the United States.”

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Maxine Joselow (with research by Vanessa Montalbano), “Sen. Manchin announced a surprise climate deal. Here’s what’s in and what’s out,” “The Climate 202” e-newsletter from The Washington Post, 28 July 2022.
“While the new agreement, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, would make some concessions to Manchin on fossil fuel production, it still represents the largest piece of climate legislation in the nation’s history.”

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