As the United States looks to rebuild from the economic recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, federal lawmakers have an opportunity to ensure that we build back better, in ways that create millions of well-paying jobs, spur billions in economic growth, and advance a low-carbon economy. Research shows that smart climate action is not only good for economic growth – it’s essential to it. These objectives go hand in hand and must be treated as intrinsically linked.
As Congress develops the recovery packages and the Biden-Harris Administration implements them, it is critical the measures are designed and executed in ways that address historical inequities and ensure the benefits of recovery efforts and new investment reach underrepresented communities. These measures must increase equity in access to clean energy and efficiency, as well as to stable, quality, sustainable employment opportunities for communities that are underserved, under-resourced, or impacted by the energy transition.
What investments and measures should Congress and Administration prioritize? How can these measures be developed to address persistent economic and energy access injustice? What new processes are needed to ensure participation? How can the Federal government build capacity within state and local governments to ensure both equitable access to the benefits of the clean energy revolution and a just transition for communities impacted by the transition away from fossil fuels?
Join World Resources Institute and World War Zero on February 24 for a dynamic event discussing what a green and equitable recovery in the United States should look like with climate and energy experts.
- Carol Browner, Board Chair, League of Conservation Voters; Former Administrator, US EPA
- Raya Salter, Member, NYS Climate Action Council; Policy Organizer, NY Renews; Board of Directors Member, Environment and Energy Study Institute
- Brad Markell, Executive Director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council
- Neela Banerjee, Climate Editor, NPR (Moderator)
- Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute