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Attorneys General Urge Congress to Pay Up for Climate, Justice

Sept. 14, 2021, 4:00 PM

A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday urged House and Senate chairs to prioritize funds for climate, clean energy, and environmental justice programs.

Congress needs to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as well as budget legislation that “provides the funding necessary to respond to the climate crisis and provide long overdue environmental justice for our most vulnerable communities,” according to the letter co-signed by attorneys general from California, Vermont, Massachusetts, and 17 other states.

“New York has taken great strides in combating the threats of environmental injustice that have plagued our communities, but the federal government must now take immediate action to support Americans in every corner of the nation,” New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), who led the effort, said in a statement on the letter.

The attorneys laid out steps they say Congress must take in order to address climate inequity and prioritize funding for marginalized groups, such as investing in zero-emission transportation and bolstering air quality monitoring.

The group includes a roster of states that are currently engaged in climate consumer protection lawsuits against energy companies.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (D) was also on the letter, and announced Tuesday that his state is the latest U.S. plaintiff to file suit against the fossil fuel industry over claims of climate misinformation.

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