Letter to the Editor: IRA matters to me as a Michigander and as a Christian

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Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a history-shaping investment in health, climate, and access to clean energy — aka the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) — and Michiganders stand to win big.

That’s because, on top of the more than 119,853 Michiganders already employed in the clean energy sector, investments like these are expected to create tens of thousands more family-sustaining clean energy jobs in Michigan.

The IRA not only means jobs for our state, it will also bring much-needed relief for families by lowering our household energy costs by up to $220 per year and protecting our health by slashing air pollution that triggers asthma attacks, premature births and long-term damage such as heart and lung disease and even dementia. The clean energy and community resilience investments in the IRA will also safeguard our communities from climate-fueled extreme weather events, like the recent flooding in Detroit and Midland.

The IRA matters to me not only as a Michigander, but more importantly as a Christian. Scripture calls us to care for God's creation alongside him — that includes not only the natural world but also each other. Ensuring that everyone has a healthy environment and a safe climate in which they can flourish and thrive isn't optional for those of us called to love our neighbors in the age of climate change. It is simply part of what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st century.

The Inflation Reduction Act now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives. We must urge our representatives in West Michigan to support this bill and bring these benefits home.

Kyle Meyaard-Schaap

Grand Rapids

This article originally appeared on The Holland Sentinel: Letter to the Editor: IRA matters to me as a Michigander and as a Christian