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What the Infrastructure Deal Means for Climate

The biggest piece of climate legislation in U.S. history has just been signed into law. To be sure, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework) got pared down significantly from what was first put on the table, but the bill President Biden signed still contains five times more money for projects aimed at mitigating the climate crisis than the best legislation the Obama administration could get through.

What did it take to get 19 Republican senators (not to mention Joe Manchin and Kristen Sinema) to vote with the Democrats? And with the states being given great latitude over how to spend the money, will the billions available for highways negate any positive climate impacts?

Join Climate One in conversation with Carla Frisch, principal deputy director in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy; Sasha Mackler, executive director of the Energy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center; and Beth Osborne, director of Transportation for America, as we unpack the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework.

November 22, 2021

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

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Carla Frisch

Principal Deputy Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Sasha Mackler

Executive Director of the Energy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center

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Beth Osborne

Director, Transportation for America

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One