Hi everyone, welcome back to Net Zero.
One of the weird ironies of covering climate policy is that the Inflation Reduction Act, the hugely consequential climate policy that seems to lurk behind just about every conversation I have, is still widely unknown and unappreciated by most Americans. According to a Washington Post poll in August, less than one-third of Americans are aware of the numerous tax incentives the law affords them. They’re not reading Net Zero, I guess. One consequence is that the IRA, and climate policy in general, may be less likely to factor into voting decisions. We’ll get a better sense of that next week, when a number of states hold off-cycle elections on ballot measures and legislative seats with big climate stakes. Our story today breaks down a few key races to watch.
Also today: We pay tribute to a legendary climate advocate, and explore the energy implications of the conflict in Gaza.
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