There are some basic things that we should be able to count on our government to handle. Like investing in roads and bridges. And making it safe to breathe the air. And tackling long-term challenges like the climate crisis.
But right now, our infrastructure is crumbling. People are getting sick and dying from air pollution. And the climate crisis is already upon us — with wildfires, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events that are punching communities in the gut.
We need to invest in green infrastructure so we can fight climate change and build back better.
That is why I’ve teamed up with Senator Ed Markey, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Congressman Andy Levin to introduce the Build Green Act, a transformational $500 billion investment to electrify our transportation infrastructure. It would…
Create approximately 960,000 jobs, save at least 4,200 lives a year by reducing air pollution and tackle the climate crisis head on by taking on the sector that is the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions – fossil fuels – primarily oil and natural gas – thereby opening the door to geothermal and solar.
This plan will take a big chunk out of our country’s carbon footprint. Right now, the transportation sector accounts for nearly 30 percent of America’s greenhouse gas emissions. This plan will reduce the amount of energy needed for transportation by about two-thirds, because it will be a lot more efficient running on electricity.
How will this bill get us there? By switching all public buses across the country to electricity – from the buses that take people to work to the buses that take our kids to school. We also need to electrify rail lines as well as installing electric-vehicle charging stations across the country, so people can have an easier time switching their cars to electric.
You know what all these infrastructure projects will create? Jobs. A whole lot of them — around 960,000. All paying at least $15 an hour, all guaranteeing paid leave, all ensuring fair scheduling policies. That’s how we build back our economy so it’s better than before, stronger for the long haul. That’s how we make our country work for working people.
And because environmental justice must involve our evolving climate crisis, this bill requires that 40 percent of all grant funding must go to frontline, vulnerable, and disadvantaged communities. The people who are getting hit the hardest need to be helped the most as they migrate to the front lines of our nation’s transformation and a future worth embracing.