Greenpeace USA Response to Biden’s $3 Trillion Infrastructure Package

by Ryan Schleeter

March 23, 2021

"Grassroots activists and movement leaders have already given President Biden the blueprint for a swift, just economic recovery: the THRIVE Agenda."

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Yesterday, the Biden administration outlined plans for a $3 trillion economic recovery and infrastructure package expected to move through Congress over the coming months. The plan proposes to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create 5 million jobs by investing in green technology and manufacturing;
  • Raise taxes on corporations and the super-wealthy to pay for infrastructure and economic stimulus programs; and
  • Extend or make permanent some temporary relief measures for low- and middle-income families included in the American Rescue Plan.

In response, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Ashley Thomson said:

“Grassroots activists and movement leaders have already given President Biden the blueprint for a swift, just economic recovery: the THRIVE Agenda. The crises we face as a country are interlocking, and our solutions must be as well. The THRIVE Agenda would create 15 million good jobs while reducing climate pollution, advancing racial justice, and combating economic inequality. Biden would be smart to listen to the thousands of activists across the country — as well as members of his own party — who are demanding that Congress invest $1 trillion per year. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we need our government to be bold.”

On March 31, grassroots activists all over the country will hold actions demanding a comprehensive federal economic recovery and infrastructure package modeled after the THRIVE Agenda. Led by the cross-movement Green New Deal Network, these actions will urge Congress to invest $1 trillion per year to immediately create over 15 million good jobs while cutting climate pollution in half by 2030 and advancing racial and economic justice. Leading unions, racial justice, and climate groups as well as more than 100 members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have endorsed the THRIVE Agenda.

ENDS

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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