The Hill, Feb. 6, 2022.  By Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, the author of “America’s Energy Gamble: People, Economy and Planet”, is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

As Democrats rework their strategy to introduce a Build Back Better bill that can pass the Senate, they would be wise to retain the House provisions that invest in rebuilding fossil fuel-reliant communities.

As my research has shown, these communities have been failed by previous administrations and Congresses. The Trump administration, for instance, doubled down on strategies that prolong the nation’s reliance on extractive industries, under the pretext of helping these communities, but to the benefit of company executives.

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