While many environmental advocates celebrate the Senate Democrats’ climate deal this week, frontline activists and more critical voices continue to note that the legislation, whatever its promises and upsides, remains an inadequate response to the global emergency that will likely further harm communities already affected by fossil fuel pollution.
The Senate approved the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in a party-line vote Sunday and it is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House as soon as Friday.
Writing for Jacobin in the wake of the Senate vote, Branko Marcetic called for being “clear-eyed” about the package, adding that “the urge to smooth over the IRA’s serious flaws was understandable when its prospects of passing sat on a knife edge. But after passing the Senate, it’s now overcome its biggest hurdle.”
Four years after a gunman murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the mass shooting, other activists, and progressive lawmakers on Monday demanded urgent action from President Joe Biden and Congress.
In interviews and actions marking the fourth anniversary of the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, advocates argued the president hasn’t gone far enough. As March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg put it: “Biden has been a friend, but not a leader.”
“He’s made small steps but it’s not enough. The president hasn’t been receptive to our demands,” Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 shooting, told CNN. “We expected this from [former President Donald] Trump, but we’re shocked that it’s coming from Biden.”
“The buck stops with you,” Hogg tweeted at Biden. “Fulfill your promises.”