Fact Sheet: What’s at Stake

Digging into the Kitchen Table Climate Provisions of the Build Back Better Act

The climate investments in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) deliver significant value for American families, reducing our monthly energy bills and protecting us from energy volatility and inflation. These investments also improve health outcomes and create good-paying jobs, the majority of which cannot be automated or offshored. Indeed, it is precisely by delivering kitchen table benefits to all Americans—and particularly to those that need it the most— that this climate package enables us to make essential progress on our climate goals. Said simply, 42 percent of U.S. energy-related emissions come from our homes and the machines we use every day: the cars we drive, how we heat and cool our homes, how we heat our water, dry our clothes, and cook our meals. We stand no chance of staying inside of 1.5°C warming unless we electrify our lives.

We are at a pivotal moment where we have the opportunity to push forward legislation that will save households billions of dollars in energy bills, while building out the climate-safe future we need. This brief highlights key public-facing climate policies and their benefits to provide a sense of the catalytic power this legislation will have. Billions of dollars saved, millions of lives improved, no time to waste.

Key Takeaways

Consumer-Facing Climate Investments

  • Kitchen Table Climate Investments: Approximately $140 billion, including clean energy tax credits but not including public housing investments.
  • Per the Justice40 Initiative: At least $56 billion (40%) of these investments will go to disadvantaged communities. An additional $69 billion are included in investments in public housing and healthy housing funding for these communities.
  • Housholds reached: At least 25 million.
  • Emissions saved in 2030: 200 million metric tons (MMT) of CO2e.
  • Industries Covered:
    • Renewable energy: rooftop and community solar, battery storage.
    • Transportation: Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
    • Buildings: Energy efficiency, including efficient electric appliances, geothermal.