Washington, D.C. – In response to the industrial decarbonization announcement made by the White House today outlining a number of new federal actions to catalyze clean manufacturing and procurement and promote responsible deployment of new clean energy technologies the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Government Affairs Advocate Sara Fontes:
“We are happy to see the Biden-Harris administration getting to work on implementing the crucial federal sustainability executive order announced in December as well as key provisions of the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). Today’s announcement marks important progress toward decarbonizing our industrial sector, which comprises nearly a third of domestic greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing its toxic water and air pollution, which disproportionately harm low-income and communities of color. It further cements President Biden’s whole of government approach to combating the climate crisis and commitment to leveraging the purchasing power of the federal government to do so. We applaud the administration’s efforts to ensure that deployment of new technologies–particularly carbon capture and sequestration and clean hydrogen–is focused on industrial applications and done in an equitable way that does not further impact communities who are overburdened by pollution and the most harmed by climate change, and supports good, union jobs.
“Continued implementation of these ambitious Buy Clean and industrial decarbonization plans will require additional investments, and it is essential that Congress move quickly on federal appropriations bills and pass the climate and environmental justice provisions of the Build Back Better agenda as soon as possible.”