NEW: Climate Power Report Finds That Since the Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, Thousands of Jobs and $9.14 Billion in Investments Have Been Generated in Nevada
President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ Clean Energy Plan is delivering America’s clean energy boom
Las Vegas, NV — 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.
New clean energy projects in Nevada have already spurred more than $9.14 billion in investment and created or advanced 11,500 good-paying clean energy jobs. Nevada is also home to the congressional district (NV-2) with the second highest number of new clean energy jobs (10,450) and forth largest investment ($9.02 billion) announced since the Clean Energy Plan was passed. Today Climate Power hosted a press call to highlight the progress the state has made in the past year, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act.
“The clean energy plan championed by President Biden and congressional Democrats is bringing manufacturing jobs back to Nevada in a big way,” said Claire Moser, Climate Power’s Deputy Executive Director. “These jobs are part of a $275 billion national investment in local economies—a number that’s growing every day. MAGA Republicans in Congress want to kill jobs and the clean energy boom and send us back into our fossil fuel past, but we’re determined not to let them.”
“I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and I love my state,” said Assemblymember Howard Watts III. “But I’m worried that the climate crisis and extreme temperatures will make it harder to live here. We must take bold action to reduce climate pollution now, and that’s why I’m so supportive of the Inflation Reduction Act. Thanks to the IRA, our state is becoming a leading producer of electric vehicle batteries and other clean energy materials, creating thousands of good paying jobs. The Inflation Reduction Act is a win for our environment and our economy.”
“My parents moved to Las Vegas in 1959 to build a better life for me and my sisters,” said Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, NV AFL-CIO. “They taught us to care for our neighbors and give back to our community. That’s why I’m so invested in our fight against climate change. We have to look out for each other, and that means embracing the clean energy boom. The Inflation Reduction Act is uplifting America’s middle class and providing the types of opportunities my parents moved to Nevada in search of more than 60 years ago.”
“My community in East Las Vegas is predominantly Latine, immigrants, and first generation,” said Cinthia Moore, Coalition Coordinator, Nevada Environmental Justice Coalition. “Communities like mine often disproportionately bear the brunt of climate change, yet are left out of policy conversations. Investing in clean energy means using fewer fossil fuels that pollute the air and water, which in turn means fewer health problems like asthma and heart disease that come from toxic pollution. Clean energy is the path to a safer, healthier future—and there’s no time to waste.”
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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