The Biden-Harris Administration is announcing new actions across agencies to support American leadership on clean manufacturing — including low-carbon production of the steel and aluminum needed for electric vehicles (EVs), wind turbines, and solar panels, and the clean concrete needed to upgrade transportation infrastructure. These actions are expected to create better-paying jobs and follow a comeback for American factories. More than 367,000 manufacturing jobs were added during President Biden’s first year in office, the most in nearly 30 years. Further strengthening the industrial base could revitalize local economies, lower prices for consumers, provide more pathways to the middle class through union jobs, and boost American competitiveness in global markets.
The industrial sector is also central to tackling the climate crisis, as it is currently responsible for nearly a third of domestic greenhouse gas emissions. By helping manufacturers use clean energy, efficiency upgrades, and other innovative technologies to reduce emissions, the Administration is supporting cleaner industry that can produce the next generation of products and materials for a net-zero economy. These same manufacturing improvements will also protect public health, by reducing releases of air and water pollutants and toxic materials that disproportionately harm low-income households and communities of color.
The measures discussed in the White House’s announcement will clean up industrial processes that have long been challenging sources of pollution; create good-paying, union jobs across American manufacturing; and use domestic procurement and global trade policy to reward clean, American-made materials.
For specific measures and itemized costs put forth by the proposal, visit the White House Fact Sheet.