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Congress earmarks climate grants for rich, white areas

Thomas Frank of E&E News reports on earmark funding.

The C3 Take
  • Earmark funding in the recently passed 2022 spending plan went largely to affluent constituencies, despite the administration’s push to fund climate projects in underserved communities.
  • Earmarks allow special interests and the government to picking winners and losers across economic sectors, including climate and energy.
  • To reduce climate risk in a fiscally responsible way that benefits all communities, Congress should ban earmarks.

“Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) got $2.25 million for Newburyport to rebuild a coastal retaining wall that protects the city’s downtown and a waterfront boardwalk. A city of 18,000 on Massachusetts’ exclusive North Shore, Newburyport has a median household income of $111,000 and a population that is 93 percent non-Hispanic white, according to census figures.”

Read the full article here.

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