President Biden pitched the climate measures he’s hoping to put in place as job-creating proposals during his first address to Congress on Wednesday night.
The president has sought to tie his climate agenda to jobs, including in his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, which seeks to create jobs in areas such as electric vehicles and efficient building upgrades.
“When I think about climate change, I think jobs,” Biden said Wednesday. “The American Jobs Plan will put engineers and construction workers to work building more energy-efficient buildings and homes.”
“Electrical workers, [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union] members, installing 500,000 charging stations along our highways so we can own the electric car market. Farmers planting cover crops so they can reduce the carbon dioxide in the air and get paid for doing it,” he added. “There’s simply no reason the blades for wind turbines can’t be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing. … There’s no reason why American workers can’t lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries.”