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Dingell Joins Vice President Harris & Secretary Granholm in Ann Arbor to Highlight Climate Action

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) today joined Vice President Kamala Harris and Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to highlight historic progress made by Democrats in Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration to combat the Climate Crisis.

“Michigan is leading the nation in taking aggressive action to combat the Climate Crisis,” said Dingell. “As the home of the auto industry and heart of American manufacturing, we know our state plays a critical role in creating a net-zero, clean-energy economy rooted right here in the Midwest. Under the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, we have delivered historic investments to reduce carbon emissions, develop new clean energy technologies, and build more resilient communities. These efforts matter, and the work is already showing strong results. We must continue working together and having tough conversations to build on this progress and protect our planet for future generations.”

“The fact is, collectively, what we have done in getting this work done in the last two years is going to be an investment of just about $1 trillion in the decade,” said Vice President Harris. “When I think about the shoulders upon which we stand and where we have now arrived, I think we all should take note of the momentum we have achieved, and our responsibility now… to then continue with this moment and lead and not waste a minute because we don’t have a minute to spare.”

“As the Secretary of Energy, I know that we have the tools, the techniques, and the technologies to be able to tackle climate change now, after what has been passed in the past two years,” said Sec. Granholm. “We have the tools to be able to take advantage of the economy that can be created around clean energy, to build a just society, to undo the wrongs that have been perpetrated upon communities that have lived in the shadows of smokestacks, that have been bifurcated by transportation decisions, communities that have been left behind. We can be the place that manufactures the solutions to climate change, all the while using those solutions and exporting them around the world.”

Dingell has led several climate initiatives that have been signed into law by President Biden, including:

  • The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, based on the Clean Energy Sustainability Accelerator Act and modeled after Michigan and other green banks, which provides financing for carbon emission reduction projects nationwide. This was established and included in the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Provisions from the Advance Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) Future Act to modernize and expand the ATVM program used to build and expand manufacturing factories in the United States to build clean vehicles and components were included in the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Provisions from the U.S.A Electrify Forward Act to improve the Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grant program to convert or retool manufacturing facilities, accelerating domestic manufacturing of electric vehicles, batteries, power electronics, and other technologies were included in the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • $7.5 billion to build out the first-ever national network of electric vehicle charging stations across the country was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Provisions from the Battery Material Processing and Component Manufacturing Act to invest $6 billion to jumpstart battery processing, manufacturing, and recycling domestically.
Click here to see photos from the event. 
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