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AAU President Praises Passage of Inflation Reduction Act

AAU President Barbara R. Snyder released the following statement on the House’s passage today of the Inflation Reduction Act (H.R. 5376), which was passed by the Senate this past Sunday. Among other provisions, the legislation invests $369 billion in green energy and the climate, provides $2 billion for Department of Energy national labs to accelerate breakthrough energy research, and supports environmental and climate justice block grants as well as climate resilience programs for which universities would be considered eligible partners.

“This legislation will provide significant new resources for clean energy research and other projects designed to mitigate the effects of climate change, many focusing on communities which will be disproportionally affected. This important achievement is a good first step in what must be significantly boosted investment in clean energy and climate research; America’s leading research universities will continue developing innovative solutions to climate change and will help the United States and the world meet this unprecedented challenge.”

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