Congress urged to increase appropriations for Biden’s clean energy orders

WASHINGTON — Dozens of environmental and labor groups have urged House and Senate leaders to increase funding for President Biden’s historic executive orders to boost domestic renewable energy production under the Defense Production Act .

The call comes as the country struggles to make progress on climate action. The recent Supreme Court decision in West Virginia vs. EPA weakened the EPA’s ability to regulate power plants under the Clean Air Act. A slimmed down version of the Build Back Better Act, Biden’s landmark climate legislation, is stalled in Congress.

In June, Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to manufacture solar panels, insulators and heat pumps. Biden’s plan encourages high work standards tied to increased manufacturing. It also calls for boosting community clean energy and distributed generation.

A House appropriations subcommittee recently earmarked $100 million for Biden’s clean energy orders. While a positive first step, estimates show that more than $100 billion is needed to meet the administration’s climate and clean electricity goals. This funding can catalyze the country’s manufacturing base and transform our energy system into a renewable and just one.

More than 1,000 organizations support the DPA orders, including the People vs. Fossil Fuels Coalition. Earlier this year, U.S. Representatives Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Jason Crow (D.-Colo.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the Energy Security and Independence Act to directing $100 billion towards national renewable energies. production, prioritizing investments in environmental justice and worker communities. The bill has more than 50 co-sponsors and the support of more than 80 organizations.

“We are at a tipping point for our climate and our energy future, and we need to act now,” said Gaby Sarri-Tobar, an activist with the Center for Biological Diversity’s energy justice program. “Biden’s clean energy guidelines add urgency to the fight against climate change, but Congress must fully fund it to drive the just and renewable future we need. There is no way to increase renewable energy production without the money to make it happen.

“President Biden’s recent deployment of the DPA to create safe and clean energy resources for all communities is badly needed and we applaud him for these efforts,” said Art Terrazas, government affairs advocate for the League of Conservation. Vote. “Now is the time for Congress to do its part to respond to the climate moment and provide the necessary funding for clean energy, justice and jobs through a reconciliation package and strong appropriations for fiscal 23 so that we can grow the renewable energy manufacturing industry, deploy these needed resources across the country, and ensure that all communities benefit from lower energy costs today.

“Working in solar energy in the St. Louis area, we find that the prices of panels are increasing every day or that suppliers are simply out of stock. We need help from Washington to move the projects forward now. There’s no time to lose. We need the funding to implement President Biden’s Defense Production Act to boost renewable energy production,” said Brian Tresenriter of Green Workers Alliance member SoulShyne Solar.

“We are in a climate emergency – an emergency that we can only address when our government steps up and launches a World War II-scale mobilization for a just transition to renewable energy,” said Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement. “As weather disasters worsen, oil companies continue to raise consumer prices, and real investment in renewable energy stalls, Congress must urgently and vigorously fund the Executive Order DPA of the President Biden At a time when young people are questioning the legitimacy of our institutions, our politicians must act to save our generation and show us what our government can do for us.

“Biden’s climate executive orders can only be meaningful if Congress dedicates the funding to get the job done,” said Jim Walsh, policy director at Food & Water Watch. “Using the Defense Production Act to boost America’s clean energy production is a critical step in addressing the climate crisis as a true emergency.”

“Congress must appropriate funds that match the needs outlined in President Biden’s forward-looking executive order,” said Karen Orenstein, climate and energy justice program director at Friends of the Earth US. “The cost of inaction is far greater and to be measured in lost lives and livelihoods, in the United States and around the world.

“The twin crises of rising energy prices, along with a cascade of climate impacts, demand immediate action for the health and well-being of every American. EOPA is inspired by the leadership of the President Biden invoking DPA, but more than $100m in investment needed to put US on path to 50-52% reduction in carbon pollution by 2030 – goal that scientists believe is necessary to prevent the worst impacts of climate change,” said Dominic Frongillo, executive director and co-founder of Elected Officials to Protect America. “President Biden can leverage DPA funds and procurement budget $650 billion a year to scale up the deployment of clean energy technologies We are in a climate emergency, which is a national security risk At least $100 billion should and could be all ous by the end of this fiscal year to help keep our nation and the world safe by building a clean energy economy.

“The DPA is intended for unusual, even extreme circumstances, such as war, pandemics and national emergencies. We have never seen a greater threat to our country, indeed the world, than that posed by potentially catastrophic climate change,” said Todd Paglia, Executive Director of Stand.earth. “We must invest as much as possible, as quickly as possible, in renewable energy if we are to keep our country and our planet safe and secure.”

“Inflated energy prices coupled with an overreliance on Russian fossil fuels threaten to derail global efforts to alleviate the climate crisis. Nations around the world must implement bold solutions to accelerate the climate crisis for security of the world and their own energy independence. We can lead the way with a significant investment of at least $100 billion for the DPA,” said Alex Cornell du Houx, former Maine State Representative, veteran Marine , president and co-founder of Elect to Protect America.” Ukraine underscores how reliance on fossil fuels fills the coffers of tyrants and dictators like Putin, and that a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy will not is not only necessary for our environment, but essential for our economy, our national security and our true energy independence. etiquette”.

“Deploying the DPA is a crucial tool at this time of crisis, as families struggle with inflation and soaring utility costs that have left them in debt. We urge Congress to fully fund the DPA,” said Andrea Marpillero-Colomina, Sustainable Communities Program Director at GreenLatinos. “Latino/x households spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy and are not represented in green jobs; along with other marginalized communities, we stand to benefit greatly from this investment in our shared energy future.

“It’s great to see President Biden rise to the challenge of climate change by using his powers to advance renewable energy, create good jobs, and center environmental justice. However, the Defense Production Act is only effective. only if it is funded,” said Joe Uehlein, president of the Labor Network for Sustainability. “Congress needs to meet this moment and give these executive orders the funding to deploy this clean energy technology across the country.”

“By invoking the Defense Production Act to support domestic clean energy manufacturing, President Biden has demonstrated that we must use every tool at our disposal to address the climate emergency and support the growth of the employment,” said Odette Mucha, Federal Liaison Officer at Vote Solar. “Congress must now allocate the necessary funds to bring clean energy manufacturing back to America.”

“Executive powers like the DPA can be incredibly useful, but only when backed by sufficient appropriations,” said Dorothy Slater, senior researcher at the Revolving Door Project. “We are grateful to President Biden for unlocking this simple tool and we urge Congress to provide the sufficient funding that is so desperately needed to accelerate the necessary transition to clean, renewable energy. We also stress the need for strong, long-term monitoring of the use of these funds for environmentally friendly projects.

“President Biden’s DPA clean energy orders have been cause for celebration for our generation. We are thrilled to see this administration take a crucial step towards a safer and more sustainable future for young people. But now we need Congress to do its part,” said Lisa Giordano, executive director of the Association of Young Americans. “Our elected officials must support this historic effort to actively address the climate crisis by boldly investing in the DPA in the FY2023 credits package.”

“Clean energy is national security and I’m encouraged to see President Biden using the Defense Production Act in this way to make America less dependent on petro-dictators,” said RL Miller, political director of Climate Hawks Vote. .

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