For Immediate Release: January 27, 2021
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
President Biden’s Executive Actions on Climate Change and Clean Energy
IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement on President Biden’s executive actions on climate change and clean energy.
“Today’s executive actions by the president is not just a much-needed step to address the ongoing climate crisis. It is a massive investment in America’s energy infrastructure, boosting American jobs and American businesses.
Biden’s plan relies on harnessing American innovation, resources, and workers to bring it to fruition.
And it ensures that all new energy jobs are good jobs by ordering federal agencies to strictly enforce federal prevailing wage law and encourage the use of project labor agreements.
President Biden has also reconfirmed his commitment to uphold the right of all workers to join a union and collectively bargain.
Across the nation, the power professionals of the IBEW are hard at work building the clean-energy economy of tomorrow. We know that addressing climate change can create good, middle-class jobs that rejuvenate communities across the United States. It is proof that cutting carbon and creating jobs do not need to be at odds with one another. We can succeed at both with the right leadership.
We look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration as we rebuild and retool our energy infrastructure and invest in good union jobs that will power our economy and communities with clean, sustainable and secure energy in the years to come and build back our middle class.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.