Inflation Reduction Act to spend $369 billion on climate, $40 billion to expand EPA

By Jack McEvoy

The Democrats’ massive climate spending package, which President Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday, will give over $40 billion to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), just as the bill allocates almost $80 billion to expand the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The bill, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, includes $369 billion in total climate spending, and will give the EPA more than $40 billion in the current fiscal year to combat climate change, enforce environmental standards and secure “environmental justice,” according to a Congressional Research Service report. The EPA’s enacted budget for 2022’s fiscal year was about $9.5 billion, according to the agency figures, meaning the bill will more than quadruple the EPA’s current annual spending.

The IRS will use its $80 billion in new funding to hire 87,000 new agents as well as ramp up auditing and other enforcement mechanisms. Democrats claim that these measures will raise $124 billion in revenues from increased taxpayer compliance, according to their summary of the bill.

The bill will give the EPA $27 billion in accordance with the Clean Air Act to start a ‘Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund’ that will finance competitive grants to fund national and regional “green banks,” which will use the money to fund initiatives and projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions, according to the bill’s text. Renewable energy initiatives funded by the “green banks” are intended to help underprivileged and low-income communities; the agency will also only have 180 days to allocate these funds to “green banks.”

Democrats are allocating a further $8 billion in total to reduce air pollution at ports and fund general pollution reduction grants. The bill also allots $3 billion for EPA “environmental and climate justice block grants” that will help facilitate political “engagement in disadvantaged communities” through advisory groups, rulemakings and workshops.

The agency will also receive $1.55 billion to pay for its methane emissions reduction program to offer financial incentives to oil and gas producers who reduce their methane emissions, according to the bill. Additionally, the EPA will get $906 million in total to finance programs that address air pollution in schools, report corporate emissions and help declare “environmental products” as well as various other initiatives.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan touted the bill’s passage through the Senate in a statement last Friday. The Democrats’ huge spending bill will help accelerate EPA regulatory efforts and other operations in order to further the Biden administration’s aggressive climate agenda.

The White House and EPA did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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4 thoughts on “Inflation Reduction Act to spend $369 billion on climate, $40 billion to expand EPA

  1. The only thing you can count on from the bidenflation expansion act is that it will work as
    well as his Afghanistan withdrawal, border policy, supply chain, energy supply, food cost,
    foreign policy and everything else his inept admin as rubber stamped.. meaning it won’t
    work and will be a colossal waste of taxpayer money…any fools cheering this on are as
    brain dead as the ijits who thought this up…

  2. which “political groups” might these be…ummm

    “The bill also allots $3 billion for EPA “environmental and climate justice block grants” that will help facilitate political “engagement in disadvantaged communities” through advisory groups, rulemakings and workshops”.

    me thinks this sounds a bit like “enforcement”??

    “EPA will get $906 million in total to finance programs that address air pollution in schools, report corporate emissions and help declare “environmental products” as well as various other initiatives”.
    “accelerate EPA regulatory efforts and other operations in order to further the Biden administration’s aggressive climate agenda”

    and …finally to me, this is classic “Projection”.
    These people are projecting onto the public at large that we the people/business ect are “unlawful”, “not reporting”, and they are coming after us all for it. when in fact it is THEY who have been unlawful for a very long time …we the people have been making noise about politicians becoming millionaires within the time they are in office whether short or long (Cheney, Sanders, Pelosi, and so many of them……yes D and R), and so Mr, Miss, Mrs ect…they are coming after everyone…..so we don’t catch up/expose them…..

    “The IRS will use its $80 billion in new funding to hire 87,000 new agents as well as ramp up auditing and other enforcement mechanisms”.

  3. Bjorn Lomborg looked at estimates for CO2 emissions reductions expected from the “Inflation Reduction Act”. He plugged them into the UN climate model to measure the impact on global temps. by 2100. He concludes the bill will reduce the estimated global temperature rise at the end of this century by all of 0.028 degrees F in the optimistic case. In the pessimistic case, only 0.0009 degrees F.

    So, we get somewhere between 0.028 and 0.0009°F reduction in temperature by 2100 for about $400,000,000,000 in climate spending contained in the IRA bill.

    At that rate, the amount of $ required to achieve the much desired 1.5°C (2.7°F) reduction in temperature, using the best case reduction of 0.028°F, would be approximately 39 TRILLION dollars for the US!

  4. It will be great when all the dem/progs get their audit notices from the Biden expansion of the IRS. Elections have consequences even stolen elections. If you voted for Joe, I hope you are all enjoying your new misery index! Trustfunders will be high on the list because going after poor people makes no sense. Even the IRS knows, you follow the money. Oh yeah, they have lots of guns and ammo too.

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