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Climate Bill Compromises Leave a Sour Taste With Activists

The Inflation Reduction Act includes billions of dollars to help disadvantaged communities. Environmental justice advocates say the trade-offs for the funds are steep.

Environmental activists rally near the U.S. Capitol in July.

Environmental activists rally near the U.S. Capitol in July.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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The sweeping Inflation Reduction Act just passed by Congress will not only slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, Democrats say, it will steer record funding to programs supporting environmental justice — that is, addressing the legacy of disproportionate environmental harm in low-income and minority communities and ensuring they are treated fairly in the future.