Since President Joe Biden took office, he has been putting in serious work. President Biden is not only working to make sure that we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but that we build back better than before. And building back better means taking action on climate change.
Here are five ways that President Biden is addressing our climate crisis:
Investing in clean energy
President Biden’s American Jobs Plan expands the development and use of clean energy like wind and solar power. And that will both help us tackle climate change and create jobs.
As of 2019, there were 61,805 Minnesotans working in clean energy. Biden’s plan will create even more good-paying union jobs in this field.
Biden’s plan will extend and expand tax credits for clean energy generation, carbon capture and sequestration, and clean energy manufacturing.
Providing assistance for homeowners and renters to help them reduce energy use at home
In Minnesota, the average low-income family spends 4-6 percent of their income on home energy costs. And that forces families to make difficult choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine, or other needs. Thankfully, Biden’s American Jobs Plan will upgrade homes and businesses to save families money.
The plan makes a historic investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program, which will upgrade homes. It invests in a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance building improvements. And it will expand tax credits so that families can make their own home energy upgrades.
Rebuilding and strengthening our infrastructure
We know that climate change is causing more and more extreme weather events. And we’ve seen this directly in Minnesota. From 2010 to 2020, Minnesota has experienced 11 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $10 billion in damages.
President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will help us to prevent, reduce, and withstand extreme weather events.
The plan invests $50 billion into improving our infrastructure and supporting our communities’ ability to recover from disaster.
Delivering clean drinking water
Did you know that over the next 20 years, Minnesota’s drinking water infrastructure will require $7.5 billion in additional funding to keep our water clean?
Biden’s American Jobs Plan has that covered, too.
The plan includes a $111 billion investment to make sure that we all have clean, safe drinking water.
Modernizing our electric grid to make it more effective and durable
America’s electric grid is at risk of disastrous outages. The power outages triggered by a once-in-a-lifetime winter storm in Texas, which directly affected Minnesotans, is one unfortunate example of that.
President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will modernize our electric grid to make it more effective and durable.
The plan will create a tax credit to encourage companies to build high-voltage capacity power lines. And it will create a new Grid Deployment Authority that will support creating more high priority, high-voltage transmission lines. This will all create good-paying jobs and increase demand for American-made building materials and parts.
Conservative oppose the American Jobs Plan
I’ve only scratched the surface of all the benefits that Biden’s American Jobs Plan will bring to Minnesotans. It’s no understatement to say that his jobs plan “will invest in America in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways and won the Space Race.”
And yet, every Minnesota conservative in Congress opposes the plan.
That’s unfortunate, but not surprising, given that conservatives always tend to put the interests of corporate polluters like the Koch brothers ahead of our families and environment.
We’re going to continue holding conservatives accountable for hurting our ability to build back better from the pandemic and for putting corporate polluters first. But we need your help to do it. Sign up today.