WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — President Joe Biden’s administration is advancing a green agenda that includes investments in electric vehicles and clean energy.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is leading that charge. She and the president have held events this week to promote their investments in electric vehicles and push for proposals to provide clean energy tax credits to utility companies.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” Granholm said.
Avangrid CEO Dennis Arriola was one of the people invited to the White House to talk about how companies can work with the government on green initiatives.
“To get the tax credits needed to continue our path to getting more clean energy in this country,” Arriola said.
As Democrats try to move individual elements of the Build Back Better agenda, Sen. Mark Warner says clean energy is a priority.
“We need to make sure we take aggressive action to address the challenges of climate change,” the Virginia Democrat said.
While the administration touts the climate achievements already included in the infrastructure law, it faces resistance on the rest of its clean energy program. Republicans like Representative Ralph Norman and Representative James Comer are pushing back.
“I fear the extreme proposals from the Democrats will only destroy good-paying American jobs and ruin our economy,” said Norman, a Republican from South Carolina.
“President Biden’s policies are increasing electricity costs for the American people and putting American energy companies at a competitive disadvantage to the rest of the world,” said Comer, R-Ky.
Granholm argues that building a clean energy economy will create millions of jobs and make America more energy independent.
“We’re going to make these products, we’ll use them here, we’ll brand them ‘Made in America’, we’ll export them. I mean, it’s just a huge economic opportunity,” Granholm said.
While she admits it may require political compromise, she is optimistic it can be done.
“I think there’s great agreement on the need to do something about the climate,” Granholm said.
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