09/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2020 15:51
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. This legislation takes important steps to address the climate crisis by stimulating clean energy innovation, spurring production of zero emission vehicles, making homes and business more energy efficient, and investing in workforce training and development. The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act also prioritizes clean energy projects located in low-income and marginalized communities particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis.
'This year we have seen wildfires, droughts, and hurricanes devastate communities across the nation. The climate crisis is a real and immediate threat to our planet and we must act to address it immediately,' said Larson. 'Today's legislation makes long-overdue investments in the transition to a low-carbon future, modernizing of our energy and transportation systems, and the creation of green energy jobs to grow our economy during these difficult times. It also includes funding to modernize and improve the resiliency of our electric grids- a problem we saw in Connecticut last month after many residents were left in the dark following the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.
'The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act will make significant investments that will lower home energy costs, create more zero-emission school buses, support hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles manufacturing, and bring clean, reliable energy to marginalized communities including microgrids in rural communities and solar installations in low-income communities.'
This legislation also: