NEW: Climate Power Report Finds That Since the Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, Thousands of Jobs and $18.83 Billion in Investments Have Been Generated in Georgia
President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ Clean Energy Plan is delivering America’s clean energy boom
Atlanta, GA — In just under a year since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ clean energy plan has helped turbocharge our clean energy economy. Over the past year, clean energy businesses have announced or moved forward with more than 170,000 jobs across 44 states, according to Climate Power’s new report.
Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, Georgia is becoming a solar and electric vehicle manufacturing powerhouse. Georgia has the 2nd highest number of new clean energy projects in the nation, with companies announcing 22 new projects since passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Across the state, new clean energy projects have already spurred more than $18.83 billion in investment, the 3rd highest in the nation, and created or advanced over 16,600 good-paying clean energy jobs, the 2nd highest in the nation. Today Climate Power hosted a press call to highlight the progress the state has made in the past year.
“The clean energy plan championed by President Biden and congressional Democrats is bringing manufacturing jobs back to Georgia in a big way,” said Lori Lodes, Climate Power’s Executive Director. “These jobs are part of a $275 billion national investment in local economies—a number that’s growing every day. The Inflation Reduction Act is broadly popular with Americans—despite the opposition of MAGA Republicans in Congress who are intent on killing jobs and the clean energy boom.”
“Georgia is becoming a clean energy powerhouse, thanks in large part to the Inflation Reduction Act,” said Van R. Johnson, Mayor of Savannah. “Many of the clean energy jobs and investments created by the IRA are in communities of color, which often disproportionately bear the brunt of climate change. A lot of these projects are in my city of Savannah. The IRA is creating a more favorable environment for clean energy manufacturing in the United States and uplifting the American middle class.”
“I’m so proud of the role that Georgia is playing in the electric vehicle and renewable energy supply chain,” said Albert Gore, Executive Director, ZETA. “Investing in clean technology means using fewer fossil fuels that pollute the air and water, which in turn means healthier people, a healthier planet, and a better future for all of us. That’s why ZETA is advocating for the full adoption of zero emission vehicles by 2030, and we’re grateful that Georgia is helping to lead the way in building that future.”
Thanks to the Biden Administration’s clean energy policies, communities across the country are becoming more resilient to the devastating impacts of climate change and our clean energy economy continues to add new employees to the workforce. Additionally, most of the clean energy projects and growth in the past year have occurred in congressional districts represented by Republicans. Thus far, 152 clean energy projects in 92 Republican held districts have moved forward with 96,216 new jobs, totaling $224.89 billion in investments.
The Inflation Reduction Act has touched Americans in every corner of the country, with rural towns, big cities, and every community in between reaping the benefits. The clean energy boom in America has only just begun.
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