CHARLESTON, VV (AP) – Six major districts in the community with fossil fuel-based economies have been targeted by federal investment to create renewable energy jobs, as detailed in a new report by President Biden’s administration.
The report released on Friday is part of Biden’s plan to reduce US use of coal and other fossil fuels to combat climate change. The White House held a global summit this week, with Biden announcing plans to cut US coal and oil emissions by 2030.
The Multiple Revenues, a working group of federal agencies, reveals $ 37.9 billion in current funding from various agencies that could help create jobs, rural infrastructure, and rehabilitate abandoned mines.
“President Biden is committed to providing federal leadership in cooperation with the coal, oil, and gas power plant communities to create well-paid trade unions, stimulate economic recovery, restore environmental degradation, and support energy workers,” the report said.
One of the most affected areas is the country of coal. The introduction aims to focus immediately on the top 25 coal-dependent areas, with Appalachian leading Apalachia, with the exception of states west of Alaska, such as Wyoming and Utah. The Ministry of Energy will start accepting applications for a $ 75 million fund for carbon capture and storage technology, the report said.
Another $ 19.5 million will be awarded for the extraction of minerals that can be used to develop batteries, magnets and components for electric vehicles.
The report also identifies existing funding, grants to expand the rural broadband network, renovate coal-fired water treatment plants, and promote infrastructure projects that can create jobs.
This is the group’s first report on coal-fired power plant communities since Biden’s decree in late January, which aims to address the “climate crisis at home and abroad.”
Experts say that greenhouse gas emissions are dangerously warming the Earth’s climate, worsening floods, droughts and other natural disasters.
The group plans to hold a series of city meetings with Biden officials on “leading coal communities” that include areas in Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona, Indiana and Texas.
According to the report, coal employment fell from 175,000 jobs in 1985 to 40,000 by 2020.
Republican leaders in West Virginia have spoken out against the Democratic president’s climate change agenda. Republican Attorney General Patrick Morris said on Friday he could go to court to fight Biden’s promised “transformational change” to reduce pollution.
“We must not rush into this 2030 plan,” Morris said.
West Virginia Republican Governor Jim im Addis, a businessman who invests in coal companies, said he was opposed to Biden’s plan to speed up coal reduction, but said, “At the same time, with our diversification, wherever we go in West Virginia, we will be fine.”
Others are more supportive of Biden. The country’s largest coal miners’ union said on Monday it would accept the president’s plan to move away from coal to other “fossil fuels” in exchange for a “real energy switch” that includes thousands of jobs in renewable energy and spending on cleaner technology.
United States President Cecil Roberts said securing jobs for displaced miners, including the 7,000 coal workers who lost their jobs last year, could be a key to any infrastructure bill passed by Congress.
Brian Anderson of West Virginia, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, chairs the Biden Energy Communities Working Group.
“More Western Virginia people need a seat at the table. I’m sure Brian will act in the best interests of our people,” Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito tweeted.