Marcy Kaptur

04/22/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/22/2024 12:51

Kaptur Applauds Biden Administration Earth Day Announcement Of $7 Billion In EPA Solar For All Awards And Unveiling Of Major Steps To Advance American Climate CorpsPress[...]

Toledo, OH - Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development released the following statement applauding the Biden Administration for announcing $7 Billion in grants awards through the Environmental Protection Agency's Solar for All grant competition, and unveiling next major steps to advance the American Climate Corps.

"Hip-hip hooray for the Biden Administration's launch today of America's new Climate Corps! This initiative will engage America's aspiring generation to propel America forward with this new cleaner climate agenda," said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. "It will retool our communities through modern energy systems that will help heal our environment and communities from coast to coast. As a sponsor in the US House of Civilian Conservation Corps legislation for many years, this announcement heralds a shoulder to the wheel effort to rebuild our nation's energy infrastructure so essential to our nation's future. I am also thrilled to see today's announcement of $7 Billion in awards through the EPA's Solar for All initiative, including $312 Million for Ohio. With Northwest Ohio being home to the most important domestic solar manufacturers with attendant componentry firms in the nation in our region, this means making real progress in our own lifetime in America's Heartland in the Great Lakes Region. Onward America!"

The EPA's Solar for All initiative is a key component of the Inflation Reduction Act's $27 Billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Selectees under the Solar for All program will serve every state and territory in the nation and deliver residential solar power to over 900,000 households in low-income and disadvantaged communities, saving overburdened households more than $350 Million in electricity costs annually - approximately $400 per household - and avoiding more than 30 million metric tons of carbon pollution over the next 25 years. This includes $312 Million in Solar for All awards for the State of Ohio, which is home to the most important domestic solar manufacturers in our nation based in the Northwest Ohio region represented by Congresswoman Kaptur.

Joined by future members of President Biden's American Climate Corps, including current AmeriCorps members, President Biden will also announce several new actions to stand up the American Climate Corps today - a groundbreaking initiative modeled after FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps that will put more than 20,000 young Americans to work fighting the impacts of climate change today while gaining the skills they need to join the growing clean energy and climate-resilience workforce of tomorrow. Congresswoman Kaptur has long championed, and sponsored legislation to create a Civilian Climate Corps. You can find more information about her efforts and legislation she has proposed by clicking here.

A link to a White House Earth Day fact sheet on these announcements can be found by clicking here.

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