Architectural voices respond to the Inflation Reduction Act, “the first real piece of climate legislation to make it through Congress”

In Elizabeth Kolbert’s feature “Climate Change A to Z,” published in The New Yorker’s recent climate issue, some readers may have wondered why the item for the letter I wasn’t the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) but the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). For efforts to mitigate global warming and adapt to the warming that’s already locked in, is this bipartisan compromise legislation actually more consequential than the world climatological community’s most authoritative body of experts?

Though skeptics might view Kolbert’s selection as unduly U.S.-centric, the IRA is a clear victory: Kolbert describes the act as “the first real piece of climate legislation to

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