Statement by Lori Brown, Executive Director of the CT League of Conservation Voters, on the Inflation Reduction Act benefits for CT’s Coastal Resiliency
RE: IRA Climate Joint Press Conference at Westport Library with Congressman Himes
“The Inflation Reduction Act is a historic investment in our future, the largest action ever taken against climate change, and includes funding for nature-based solutions.
Nationally, the IRA will provide $2.6 billion to NOAA for the conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources, including fisheries, to prepare for extreme storms and climate change effects. These grants and technical assistance projects to coastal states, local and tribal governments, and higher education institutes will protect natural resources that sustain coastal and marine resource-dependent communities. Broadly, the funding will help restore habitats like beach dunes and wetlands and buffer our communities from storms and sea-level rise.
We are proud of Connecticut’s elected leaders in Congress who fought long and hard to pass this sweeping climate law, despite all the obstacles. They are our nation’s strongest environmental voices for climate action, and they are making a difference for our people and our planet.”
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