IBEW and NRDC call on Congress to build back better

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WASHINGTON — The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sent a letter to members of Congress this week calling for speedy passage of the Build Back Better Act.

The joint letter, signed by the president of each organization, is a clear demonstration of the scale of this legislation, which will create high-quality union jobs while making much-needed investments in clean energy.

“Given the urgent need to reduce emissions while promoting a sustainable, equitable and just recovery, these investments cannot wait any longer,” wrote Lonnie R. Stephenson of IBEW and Manish Bapna of NRDC. “We need the Build Back Better Act to catalyze new public and private investments that rebuild our country’s infrastructure while prioritizing the well-being of workers, families and communities.

IBEW and NRDC support several provisions of the legislation, including:

  • Extensions of tax incentives for clean energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging with current salary and national content requirements;
  • Support for interstate transmission lines and zero-emission buildings;
  • Grants to build vehicle chargers in disadvantaged communities, develop high-speed rail corridors and install zero-emissions equipment in ports;
  • Funding for reinvestment in environmental justice and energy communities.

In addition, the NRDC and IBEW support the addition of provisions to ensure that this investment is safe and reliable by requiring the use of highly qualified electricians who have graduated from the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) on electric vehicle infrastructure projects.

“We believe that pairing labor standards with increasingly critical investments in clean energy will lead to the creation and maintenance of high-quality American jobs that provide workers with a free and fair choice to join. a union,” Stephenson and Bapna wrote.

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The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international non-profit environmental organization with over 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health and the environment. The NRDC has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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