“We saved the planet,” House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared Thursday.
Pelosi made the claim at her weekly press briefing, touting the passage of Democrats’ $360 billion Inflation Reduction Act:
“And we saved the planet. We're saving the planet with record $360 billion to save the planet, generating jobs and cleaner air and cleaner water and jobs and security for our country.”
“But I'm not walking away from $360 billion in support for saving the planet for our children and, again, lower prescription drug prices for our families.”
Pelosi has had her heart set on planet-saving for more quite some time. Back in 2008, a year and a half after taking power as speaker of the House, Pelosi announced her intention as she staunchly rejected Republicans’ efforts to make America more energy independent.
“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” Pelosi insisted, as Politico reported at the time:
“With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.
“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. ‘I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy’.”
“And I just want to recall to mind that we passed historic legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, which helps to reduce inflation, helps reduce the deficit because of how the bill is written, reduces the cost of prescription drugs for seniors on Medicare.
“This is historic. We have been trying for decades to do this. ‘Six for '06’ when I was Leader and we were running to win the House, and we did – ‘Six for '06’ was one of our – Six. Six was prescription drugs. We said, ‘We promise we'll pass these six bills if we win.’ We passed – five of them became law. One of them did not, because it could not achieve the 60 votes in the Senate. So since then and for a long time, we've been trying to get that done.
“This is historic, and it makes a big difference at the kitchen table of America's working families. And we extended the subsidies for three more years for lower costs for the Affordable Care Act.
“And we saved the planet. We're saving the planet with record $360 billion to save the planet, generating jobs and cleaner air and cleaner water and jobs and security for our country.
“As part of that, this agreement, which I think was – I'm willing to support, yes, but we'll have to see how it comes back from the Senate, and there may be room for negotiation.
“But I'm not walking away from $360 billion in support for saving the planet for our children and, again, lower prescription drug prices for our families.“