President Biden Announces a Bipartisan Deal on Infrastructure – Greenpeace USA Response
by Tyler Kruse
June 24, 2021
We will continue to fight to ensure Congress and President Biden prioritize a just transition to renewable energy, racial and economic justice, and investments in working-class communities as laid out in the THRIVE agenda.
© Giselle Hardy / Greenpeace
In response to President Biden’s announcement of a bipartisan deal on infrastructure, Janet Redman, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaign Director said:
“Shielding our communities from rising oceans, increasingly destructive storms, scorching heat waves, and raging wildfires should not be a partisan issue. Neither should taking the absolutely necessary steps to shift from a toxic fossil fueled to a renewable energy economy. We’re disappointed that the bipartisan infrastructure deal strips away so much of the funding needed to tackle the climate crisis. We hear President Biden and Congress say they are serious about addressing climate and equity, but we have yet to see real action.
“We envision a world where everyone’s fundamental needs — dignified work, healthcare, education, housing, clean air and water, healthy food — are met, and where people everywhere have what they need to thrive. Congress must pass an infrastructure package that meets the scale of the moment and moves us closer to this vision. The $21 billion investment in environmental remediation that the White House says will clean up pollution, create good-paying union jobs, and advance environmental justice is the kind of investment we needed to see more of. That means first approving a reconciliation bill that is more transformative than the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“We will continue to fight to ensure Congress and President Biden prioritize a just transition to renewable energy, racial and economic justice, and investments in working-class communities as laid out in the THRIVE agenda.”