For Immediate Release: April 22, 2021
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
IBEW President: “We’re Ready to Get to Work”
IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s announcement on climate change and jobs:
“President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is both a historic investment into modernizing our roads, bridges, ports, airports, railroads, and electrical grid and a jobs plan, creating millions of good-paying union jobs building a 21st century modern infrastructure and a clean-energy future for our nation.
It will also spur a renaissance in made-in-America manufacturing, bringing new jobs back to American communities.
Every day the federal government does not act is another day we fall further behind our foreign competitors. And the looming threat of climate change means we must move now to invest in clean energy technology that will slash carbon emissions and put millions to work.
President Biden’s announcement of a new emissions goal for 2030 is consistent with campaign commitments and his decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement. It is also consistent with his focus on creating millions of good-paying union jobs building a 21st century modern infrastructure and a clean-energy future for our nation.
We should invest in our workers and in building that future.
The men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are ready to get to work building America and its economy back better, expanding carbon-pollution free power through carbon capture, renewables, storage, and transmission; leveraging existing resources like nuclear; and electrifying other sectors like transportation.”
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.