Inflation Reduction Act: Will Low Income Communities Benefit?

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Inflation Reduction Act: Will Low Income Communities Benefit?

Critics doubt the Inflation Reduction Act will help people of color and low-income communities as intended.

The late addition of oil and gas initiatives to the Inflation Reduction Act helped Democrats pass the sweeping legislation, but advocates of people of color and low-income communities fear the compromise will hurt those groups.

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The bill is the U.S. government’s largest effort to combat climate change to date, and it makes a targeted effort to help groups that have historically been hardest hit by the pollution that causes global warming — particularly communities that are located near emission-producing ports, highways and industrial facilities.