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RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 12, 2024

Dear Editor,
    Austin’s time to take action on climate change is now!
    The Environmental Protection Agency gave the city of Austin a $1M Climate Pollution Reduction Grant to reduce emissions and improve ambient air quality in the Austin metropolitan area. To reduce our emissions, we need to look to more renewable energy sources and strive for energy efficiency.
    This grant is the perfect opportunity for Mayor [Kirk] Watson, Rep. [Lloyd] Doggett, Rep. [Greg] Casar, and our City Council members to prioritize clean energy investments, and educate Austinites about how they can save money through the Inflation Reduction Act.
    Citizens can earn tax credits by switching to renewable energy sources, more efficient heating and cooling systems, and sustainable infrastructure (Department of Energy).
    I love this beautiful city and know that we can achieve a more sustainable future for Austinites. With help from this grant, I hope our local government will divert from fossil fuels and invest in more renewable energy.
    [Energy.gov] shows you how much money you can get in tax credits by switching to more efficient clean energy in your homes.
Jailyn Serrano
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