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  • Sec. Haaland's points on the Inflation Reduction Act
    Aug 18, 2022

    Secretary of the Interior Haaland released a statement on the Inflation Reduction Act: 

    Colleagues,

    As a long-time climate advocate, I have seen the dire impacts of the climate crisis and have felt compelled to devote my public service to this work. I have often wondered about how we can motivate the country, and indeed the globe, around the urgency of this moment. Today, I am breathing easier. 

    Yesterday, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. This historic law includes transformational investments that will address the climate crisis, lower costs for working families, and create good-paying jobs. Combined with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these two initiatives represent the largest investments in climate resilience in the nation’s history and provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the work of the Interior Department. 

    As communities across the country continue to face extreme heat, intense storms and other climate impacts, there is no time to waste in making bold investments to combat the climate crisis. Between the drought crisis gripping the West, wildfires burning through our parks and forests, and rising sea levels dislocating Tribal communities, we continue to see the urgency with which we must act. I know that you all see this in the work you do every day. 

    The Inflation Reduction Act will help bolster bureaus and offices across the Interior Department as we continue our momentum to transition to a clean energy economy, advance key habitat restoration and land resilience projects, and secure environmental justice for historically disadvantaged communities.  

    There are several provisions in the law that make historic investments in our Department, including:  

    • $4.6 billion to address the worsening drought crisis in the West   
    • $650 million to increase staff and personnel across Interior bureaus  
    • $500 million for land resilience, conservation and habitat restoration  
    • $411 million for investments, including climate resilience, in Tribal and Native Hawaiian communities  
    • $125 million to strengthen Endangered Species Act efforts 
    • $121 million to restore and increase the resilience of our National Wildlife Refuges 
    • $15 million for climate assistance to insular areas 

    There is work to be done as we assess how these resources will best be utilized, but I am committed to working across our leadership to get it done.

    I am deeply appreciative of all the hard work you are already doing to advance these efforts, and I am hopeful that these additional investments will enable all of us to continue serving the American people and delivering on the Department’s commitments.  


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