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This is HUGE!’ Major climate legislation becomes law

Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act with $369 billion to supercharge clean energy, promote environmental justice, and cut carbon emissions
By Canary Staff

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Fireworks were not actually set off to mark the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, but they should have been. (Paul J. Richards/Getty Images)

Editor’s note, August 16: This story was originally published on August 12, 2022. It has been updated to note President Biden’s signing of the bill.

The most important climate legislation in U.S. history, the Inflation Reduction Act, was signed into law by President Biden on August 16, after passing the Senate and House the week prior. Every Democrat in Congress voted for the bill; no Republicans did.

The act dedicates $369 billion over 10 years to promote clean energy, pollution reduction and environmental justice. It contains a vast and dizzying array of tax incentives for wind and solar energy, batteries, nuclear power, clean hydrogen production, electric vehicles, heat pumps and much more.

Canary Media has been exploring and explaining many of the act’s critical provisions:

And that’s just for starters. To find out more, read our first big story about the legislation following its sudden introduction in late July, which summarizes its climate and energy provisions. Or listen to discussion of the law on our podcasts: The Carbon Copy, Political Climate and Catalyst with Shayle Kann.

We’ll continue to report over the coming days, weeks and beyond on the many components of the act and how they’re being implemented. Keep tabs on our Inflation Reduction Act page. If there are stories you want to see, tell us on Twitter or LinkedIn, or chime in with comments below.

This act is huge, and the fact that it actually got through Congress and to Biden’s desk is even huger. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s testimony from some of the members of Congress who were thrilled to be able to help pass the historic legislation, which contains a number of meaningful health-care and tax provisions in addition to climate and energy ones.

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