It’s Infrastructure Week—No, Really, This Time For Sure
In solidarity, Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
As the U.S. Senate opens debate on the bipartisan infrastructure bill this week, progressives are being urged to accept it and pin hopes of climate crisis-fighting funds and projects on the still hypothetical reconciliation infrastructure bill to come.
While Congress has been crafting the infrastructure package, the Pacific Northwest has become the international face of climate disaster. Unfortunately, the current proposal invests more dollars in status-quo infrastructure than solutions like high-speed rail—transformative technologies capable of meeting the scale of the climate emergency.
Now amendments can be offered that weaken or strengthen the final bill. We must make our voices heard. Call or write your Senators today and demand amendments with these provisions: a) more money for high-speed rail and other transformative technologies; b) strict limits on privatization of roads, bridges, airports, and other traditional transportation infrastructure; c) encourage states to find sustainable alternatives to new highway construction; d) eliminate all fossil fuel subsidies.
We must address the climate crisis in every bill passed by Congress this session. Extreme weather events, sea level rise, and refugee crises will only increase if inaction or adherence to the status quo continues.
Here’s what you can do:
Join our special Congressional Climate Liaison Team in partnership with Food & Water Watch.
Then donate to help PDA continue and expand our efforts to protect people and our planet over profit.
Thanks for anything you can do.