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Hello, I am writing to you as your constituent to ask that you prioritize climate action in the reconciliation bill. Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity today, and scientists and experts agree that if we don't drastically reduce carbon emissions by the year 2030, we won't be able to avoid irreversible climate catastrophe. This is your moment to make good on President Biden's promises and deliver the transformative investments needed to address the climate crisis, while creating millions of good paying clean energy jobs. I'm asking that you keep the following five priorities in the reconciliation bill: - Clean energy tax credits: These tax credits support the purchase of electric vehicles, renewable energy projects, and new and emerging technologies that will lower energy costs, make clean vehicles more affordable and appliances more efficient, all while bolstering the economy and creating good jobs. - Clean energy investments: By incentivizing clean energy, Congress can transform the power sector to run on 100% clean electricity, while lowering costs for consumers and significantly decreasing carbon pollution. - Justice40 and community investments: President Biden committed to ensuring that at least 40% of all federal investments in climate are directed to frontline communities. These communities are hit first and worst, while lacking the resources to respond to the devastating impacts of the climate crisis. Programs like the Civilian Climate Corps, Environmental Justice Block Grants, and implementation of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) will ensure that the health, economic vitality, and workforce of these communities are prioritized. - Conservation and agriculture: By investing in the conservation and stewardship of forests and critical conservation programs at the Department of Agriculture, Congress can reduce emissions and grow natural carbon sinks (areas that absorb more carbon than they release). - Make polluters pay: Polluting oil, gas, and coal companies must be held responsible for contaminating our communities, air, and water by ending subsidies for fossil fuels and making them pay fees for emitting methane. By prioritizing climate and the above five pillars, you will meet this moment with the once-in-a-generation investments needed. I urge you to prioritize climate action in the reconciliation bill, for the health of our planet and the people that live here. Thank you.