Chair Castor Applauds President Biden's Executive Action to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers and Spur American Clean Energy Manufacturing
WASHINGTON (June 6, 2022) – Chair Kathy Castor of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released the following statement on Monday after the Biden Administration announced a new executive action to lower energy costs for consumers and spur American clean energy manufacturing, including by authorizing use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies:
"President Biden’s executive action will help more families enjoy the cost-saving benefits of our clean energy economy, as we power more homes and businesses with clean energy produced right here in America," said Chair Castor. "By using the Defense Production Act to unleash the economic potential of clean technologies, President Biden is taking an important step to lower energy costs and to protect existing American jobs in the clean energy industry, while helping create new ones in domestic manufacturing and construction projects. He’s also working to ensure America’s true energy independence and security, which means investing in clean technologies and renewables produced in the USA, while helping more families avoid volatile and expensive fossil fuels.
"We must take advantage of the abundant renewable sources of energy across America. That includes the abundant solar energy in the Sunshine State of Florida, which supports tens of thousands of jobs, generates billions of dollars of household income and tax revenue, and has become an increasingly important source of energy savings. I look forward to expanding these benefits across the country as we work with the Biden Administration to implement the new DPA authorities."
- In June of 2020, the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Democrats released the majority staff report Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. This report provides a roadmap for Congress—a Climate Crisis Action Plan—to build a prosperous, clean energy economy that values workers, advances environmental justice, and is prepared to meet the challenges of the climate crisis.
- House Democrats have already passed more than 400 of the recommendations in the Climate Crisis Action Plan, and have successfully worked to turn over 200 of them into law.