Friends of the Earth reacts to President Biden’s $3 trillion infrastructure plan
WASHINGTON – President Biden is expected to announce the details of his $3 trillion infrastructure plan during a speech today. Recent reports suggest that climate change will be a major component of the plan.
Michelle Chan, VP of Programs for Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement in advance of President Biden’s speech:
Friends of the Earth welcomes President Biden’s efforts to center climate change, racial equity and support for family-sustaining union jobs in his infrastructure package. Done right, this plan could not just fix our crumbling infrastructure, but make it greener, more climate resilient and restorative for communities of color who have long been burdened by pollution.
We will be monitoring developments to ensure that infrastructure investments comply with environmental regulations, and Biden’s pledge to deliver at least 40 percent of their benefits to communities of color.
We are pleased to see the Biden Administration call for the end of fossil fuel subsidies and urge Congress to go a step further to ensure a fossil-free economic recovery. Congress must use whatever means at their disposal, including budget reconciliation, to improve and pass vital legislation that protects communities and the environment.
Friends of the Earth looks forward to working with and pushing the Biden Administration and Congress to build back not just better but bolder with a package that is even more ambitious.
Communications contact: Aisha Dukule, [email protected]