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Eduardo Porter

Climate Bill Alone Won't Halve US Emissions by 2030

The cheap cost of clean energy enables the country to make great strides. Further steps will be more expensive.

Cheap wind power has enabled progress on climate protection.

Cheap wind power has enabled progress on climate protection.

Photographer: Lee Celano/AFP via Getty Images

Since the Senate’s passage of the Democrats’ massive climate bill, backslapping and congratulations have been the order of the day among environmentalists from California to West Virginia. In their giddiness over the scale of the Inflation Reduction Act, they may want to pause to acknowledge the dynamics that allowed this moment to arrive.

The $370 billion package survived a political process that doomed many previous efforts because clean energy has finally become cheap enough to start moving the country away from fossil fuels.