Climate change is the defining issue of our generation. In March, Joe Biden announced the American Jobs Plan, which will dedicate over 500 billion dollars to creating a sustainable economy. Is it enough?
The American Jobs Plan
The American Jobs plan is a multi-billion dollar proposal from the Biden Administration to create a greener economy. The proposal earmarks funds for various infrastructure projects, such as the following:
- $85 billion dollars for mass-transit systems
- $80 billion dollars for Amtrak to expand service and make needed repairs
- $100 billion dollars to upgrade the nation’s electrical grid
- $174 billion dollars to advance the transition to electric vehicles
- $35 billion dollars for research in emissions-reducing and climate-resilience technologies
- $10 billion dollars to create a New Deal-style Civilian Climate Corps.
The plan also includes $1 trillion in spending on families and education. According to the White House, the plan would be fully paid for over 15 years by implementing tax changes aimed at the wealthiest Americans.
Is this enough to fight climate change?
An over trillion-dollar plan might cause a little sticker shock. However, it still might be enough to enact the change we need. Globally, it’s been estimated that replacing all existing fossil-fuel infrastructure would take at least twenty trillion dollars.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez critiqued the plan on Twitter, saying “This is not nearly enough. The important context here is that it’s $2.25T spread out over 10 years. For context, the COVID package was $1.9T for this year *alone,* with some provisions lasting 2 years.”
There’s so much more we can do to protect our environment. We need sweeping legislation to reverse the course of climate change. And, in our personal lives, we can fund the future we want through ethical investing and voting with our wallets.
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