Leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance today during a virtual press briefing called on Congress to quickly pass the historic Build Back Better Act and released new data estimating the job creation potential of several of the investments included in the bill. Leaders from the United Steelworkers union (USW), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), IUPAT, and the Sierra Club joined the BlueGreen Alliance on the call to present the data and urge Congress to act.
During the call, the groups released new data estimating the job creation potential of several portions of the Build Back Better Act. For example, the data presented reveals that manufacturing and industrial investments included in the Build Back Better Act would support 1.27 million jobs over 10 years. They would also create or sustain hundreds of thousands of long-term jobs at thousands of factories established, expanded, or retooled with federal support and more throughout the economy.
The Build Back Better Act makes long overdue investments in American manufacturing, infrastructure, and communities. The investments are designed to make the U.S. a leader in manufacturing the clean technology of the future and fill critical supply chain gaps and modernize essential energy intensive industries to make them the cleanest and most competitive in the world. And, it ensures that investments in clean energy and clean vehicles come with the labor and domestic content standards necessary to grow and sustain good-paying jobs and boost domestic manufacturing across the clean economy.
The Build Back Better Act makes additional investments across a range of clean energy and infrastructure sectors that will make our communities cleaner and healthier while creating good jobs. The group modeled several of these key investments in the bill. They found:
- Lead service line replacement would result in a total of 133,800 jobs over 10 years;
- Funding for America’s transit systems would result in a total of 264,256 jobs over 10 years;
- Energy efficiency, resiliency, and renewable energy upgrades for public buildings as well as non-profit buildings would create a total of 33,450 jobs over 10 years;
- Updating and modernizing our transmission infrastructure would create a total of 52,000 jobs over 10 years; and
- Investments in community and worker resilience programs would result in a total of 602,899 jobs over 10 years.
More information about the investments included in the Build Back Better Act and the new data estimating how many jobs would be created by those investments can be found online here.