Statement: Impact of Midterm Elections on U.S. Climate Action
WASHINGTON D.C. (November 10, 2022) - The United States held its midterm elections on November 8 to determine control of the U.S. House and Senate, and dozens of statewide races, many that are critical to advancing climate action on the state and local levels.
Following is a statement from Dan Lashof, Director of World Resources Institute United States:
“While control of Congress is still being determined, one thing is certain: the massive climate-friendly investments in the Inflation Reduction Act are here to stay. Some members of Congress may attempt to slow down how clean energy investments are rolled out, but they have absolutely no chance of repealing this major climate legislation. The tax incentives for wind and solar energy, energy efficient appliances and electric vehicles will continue to benefit everyday Americans.
"Make no mistake, the Inflation Reduction Act will drive U.S. emissions down for years to come, and more ambitious efforts from states, cities and businesses can get the United States even farther towards reaching its climate goals.
“The next challenge for Congress is delivering on the United States’ international climate finance responsibilities. The U.S. was lagging behind on funding climate action in developing countries during President Biden’s first years in office, and now it could become more challenging to catch up. Before the next Congress takes office, President Biden should work with the current one to mobilize as much funding as possible to help vulnerable developing nations boost their resiliency to climate impacts and decarbonize their economies.”