From the first day in office, President Biden has taken a “whole government” approach to climate action. Now, he has devised a “whole economy” approach that promises to turbocharge clean energy, essential infrastructure and jobs and the other economic benefits that come with it.
In short, he is addressing recovery today with investing in tomorrow. That is exactly what our economy and our country need.
Now is the time for Congress to act. so sent E2 this letter Earlier this year members of Congress called for stronger climate action that can create jobs, accelerate economic growth and address climate change and the economic costs that come with it.
Biden’s American Jobs Scheme Sets the roadmap for legislation Congress must pass for the betterment of our economy and environment. Some key elements:
- More flexible infrastructure: The plan includes $50 billion to improve infrastructure resilience. This will help us better address the economic costs of climate change – which include $100 billion or more being sucked out of our economy each year due to record wildfires, hurricanes, floods and droughts.
- Grid Modernization and Security: billions of dollars to building a more flexible power transmission system by Replacing and modernizing thousands of miles of power transmission lines and other grid infrastructure. It is one thing to manufacture more renewable energy and electrify our buildings and transportation systems. But we must get the power where it needs to go. Modernization of our grid will create thousands of jobs for good paying, union, grid modernization.
- Clean Vehicle: The Biden plan includes a $174 billion investment to turbocharge the electric vehicle industry. This will be accomplished by adding 500,000 EV car charging stations and shifting EV manufacturing (including school buses) into higher gear. It will create thousands of well-paying manufacturing and installation jobs in union shops and factories nationwide, in line with the plan’s Made-in-America focus. It will make cleaner cars financially accessible to more Americans – driving equity, demand and innovation together.
- Clean Energy Financing: The plan includes $27 billion for a clean energy accelerator to provide seed capital for clean energy projects and jobs and open the door to billions more in private investment in clean energy, especially in communities of color, rural, low and medium. Pay attention communities and communities are turning away from fossil fuels.
- Clean Drinking Water: It also includes $111 billion in drinking water/pipeline improvements, which will mean not only healthier communities but new jobs. Replacing bad pipe means good work for pipe fitters, plumbers, and construction workers. It also means that businesses in industries ranging from hospitality and entertainment to manufacturing beer and food products will have the clean water that is needed for their products and services. see more from An economic analysis E2 did in Michigan in the wake of the Flint, Michigan crisis This suggests that a $12 billion investment in a state’s water infrastructure would create about 90,000 jobs, $8.8 billion in economic activity, and $700 million in new tax revenue for that state.
- Workforce Training: About $100 billion has been earmarked for workforce training. We know that clean energy investment will create millions of new jobs for America. We also know that companies are already struggling to find adequately trained employees. This investment will help workers meet the needs of a cleaner, more resilient economy.
Of course plans are a thing. Putting them into practice is another matter. This is where Congress comes in. The good news is that Americans in every state and every congressional district can benefit from the jobs and investment that the Biden administration plans. And Congress must acknowledge that poll by poll shows there is strong public support for this investment in America.
More than 3 million Americans work in clean energy in every state in the country. These are well-paying jobs that are available to workers regardless of education level, geographic location, race or ethnicity. We can create millions more jobs – and make them even better jobs – with the Biden administration’s focus on unions, prevailing pay and Buy American provisions.
Biden’s plan includes a significant focus on low- and middle-income communities and communities of color, many of whom haven’t benefited from the opportunities that come with clean energy and climate action – both in terms of access to clean energy and EVs. of jobs in context.
With the double whammy of COVID-19 and climate disasters still battering America’s economy, it’s time to act. President Biden took the first, big step with his US jobs plan.
Now is the time for Congress to step in and do its job, so that as many Americans as possible can come back to him.
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