Greenpeace Joins Sen. Markey, Rep. Dingell, and More to Introduce the THRIVE Act

by Ryan Schleeter

April 29, 2021

"This is a moment for the president to be bold, and to listen to the wisdom of the very communities that organized to put him in office."

Washington, DC — Today, Reps. Debbie Dingell, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman, Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Ro Khanna, Yvette Clarke, and Nanette Barragán and Sen. Ed Markey formally will introduce the THRIVE Act. Co-sponsored by more than 50 members of Congress and 300 leading unions, racial justice, and climate groups, the THRIVE Act would invest $1 trillion per year over ten years to create more than 15 million good jobs, end the unemployment crisis, cut climate pollution in half by 2030, and advance racial, Indigenous, gender, environmental, and economic justice.

Grassroots leaders are joining Congressional co-sponsors of the bill at a live virtual press conference (video) this morning to introduce the bill.

Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Ashley Thomson said: 

“Our movement has already handed President Biden the plan he needs to end the unemployment crisis, combat climate change, and deliver a just, equitable recovery from COVID-19: the THRIVE Act. Anything less is a failure to fully grasp the scale of the interconnected challenges that we’re facing. This is a moment for the president to be bold, and to listen to the wisdom of the very communities that organized to put him in office. Instead of wasting billions of dollars every year subsidizing fossil fuels that poison communities across the world, our government should be investing in the renewable energy economy of the future. Not only can we avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, we can create a world where justice, health, and equity come before corporate greed.”

ENDS

Notes: The official text of the THRIVE Act, a summary of the bill, a detailed fact sheet, analysis of the number of jobs the legislation would create, and more can all be found here. Watch the press conference featuring the Congressional leaders and grassroots advocates behind THRIVE here.

Contact: Ryan Schleeter, Senior Communications Specialist, Greenpeace USA: +1 (415) 342-2386, [email protected]

Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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