Dearborn, MI — Today, the Biden administration will make one of their first stops on a national tour at the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan highlighting the potential of electric vehicle manufacturing to build clean energy jobs with the American Jobs Plan. To support a recovery package that focuses on climate, clean energy, high-quality union jobs and environmental justice, the League of Conservation Voters will begin a digital ad program following the President’s tour starting with Michigan.
“President Biden has been a long time champion for clean energy jobs, and we must seize this opportunity for rapid job growth in the domestic electric vehicle manufacturing sector,” said Gene Karpinski, President of LCV. “With his visit today, he will highlight how pollution-free vehicles create good-paying union jobs at every step of the manufacturing process. We are at a turning point – the U.S. has a historic opportunity to invest in EV manufacturing on a massive scale by passing the American Jobs Plan. We urge Congress to build on existing programs to provide incentives for pollution-free vehicles so we can fight climate change, create high-quality jobs, and advance racial justice.”
In a recent Data for Progress poll, Michigan voters overwhelmingly support (71%) expanding clean energy investments through the American Jobs Plan. Support is also extremely high for key provisions like removing all lead water pipes (83%). Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer came out in support of the American Jobs Plan, highlighting our climate and clean energy opportunity. She was joined by 50 different Michigan elected officials who signed a letter calling on Congress to seize “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help our communities recover by creating and sustaining millions of good paying jobs, putting us on the path to 100% clean energy. and building a more equitable and just society.”
“President Biden continues to support investments in renewable energy and electric vehicles, which go hand-in-hand with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan that will protect our health and put Michiganders to work in the growing clean energy sector,” said Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director of Michigan LCV. “As major automakers continue to accelerate their transition to electric vehicles, President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will make Michigan a leader in manufacturing the clean vehicles and technologies of the future.”
The campaign will focus on ensuring climate action is a top priority as Congress and the White House negotiate on an infrastructure and economic recovery package. Ads will highlight how vital clean energy jobs are to the nation’s recovery, including transformational investments and policies to:
- Set our country on a path to 100% clean energy by 2035
- Ensure that at least 40% of all investments are directed to communities most affected by climate change, pollution and racial injustice, as well as workers transitioning from the fossil fuel industry
- Create high-paying, union jobs and support communities impacted by the shift away from fossil fuels
- Replacing all lead water infrastructure to ensure every community has clean water
- Investing in electric vehicle manufacturing and charging infrastructure
- Weatherize millions of homes and businesses
- Modernize the nation’s electric grid
Ads will target communities following each visit to remind residents of President Biden’s commitment to investing in clean energy jobs and our opportunity to tackle climate change with the American Jobs Plan.
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