This bill would make critical investments in clean energy technology and workforce training, as well as update and support existing federal efforts in environmental justice, clean energy grantmaking and research, and more. As the negative effects of climate change become increasingly apparent, it’s evident that Congress needs to act immediately on this issue. While this legislation isn’t transformative, it’s an important first step towards increasing U.S. capacity and leadership in clean energy and energy efficiency.
This legislation relies on ineffective gimmicks that have already been proven not to work and which may have negative impacts in vulnerable communities. It would also raise energy costs and discourage private sector innovation. Finally, the workforce training program that it would create would be duplicative with existing federal efforts. In summary, this legislation is poorly constructed and shouldn’t be implemented as is.