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Climate Organizer Shares How Inflation Reduction Act Addresses Environmental Justice
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Climate Organizer Shares How Inflation Reduction Act Addresses Environmental Justice

A climate organizer in the Southwest discusses how low-income and environmental justice communities benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act.

Yaraneth Marin, southwest regional director for Vote Solar
Phoenix, Arizona

Although lower-income communities face higher energy burdens, they are also disproportionately harmed by climate change. For Arizona native and community organizer Yara Marin, the Inflation Reduction Act represents a historic opportunity to advance energy equity while addressing climate concerns.

Yaraneth Marin

Yaraneth Marin pictured in May 2022. (Photo credit: Sergio Galvan)

Growing up in South Central Phoenix, I never saw solar panels in my neighborhood, so I never got excited about it. The Inflation Reduction Act investments in expanding solar energy drive down energy costs for families while reducing barriers to solar and other zero-emission technologies in historically low-income and environmental justice communities, creating thousands of new jobs for our people. This is a major economic opportunity for our country, and we are already seeing the benefits. Yaraneth Marin

Access to clean energy technology is often inaccessible for working-class American families. The Inflation Reduction Act acknowledges this inequity and takes action to make the clean energy future a more inclusive one.

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Americans celebrate how the Inflation Reduction Act has benefited their lives in the year since its passage.

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