Dear <<First Name>>,
As scientists, policy experts, and concerned community members like you have known for years our climate is in crisis, unequivocally caused by humans, and worsening with every year we delay aggressive action. Recent legislative success with the Inflation Reduction Act’s passage gives us a historic opportunity for progress, one that will require dedicated efforts in our states and communities to be effective.
We can't let this chance pass us by. Only through a coordinated effort at the state- and local- levels can the IRA achieve its potential. Local barriers continue to force our systems to cling to fossil fuels. Too much of our energy system is incentivized to promote fossil fuel use despite clean energy alternatives. Many of our homes are poorly insulated and heated by oil and gas systems that are unsafe and unhealthy. Our roads are filled with vehicles that pollute our communities, and although there are cleaner alternatives for some, widespread change feels too far away. These barriers must change. To best utilize the IRA we need well-thought-out solutions or else we will continue to stall the change we so desperately need.