The Biden administration today announced the formation of a Buy Clean Task Force, as part of a larger strategy to reinvigorate American manufacturing and reduce emissions from the industrial sector. Buy Clean promotes spending taxpayer dollars on materials that are manufactured in a cleaner, more efficient, environmentally-friendly manner—reducing industrial pollution and health impacts, supporting good-paying jobs, and building globally-competitive domestic manufacturing. The BlueGreen Alliance and its partners played a pivotal role in the adoption of Buy Clean in California in 2017 and has worked with other states—including Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota—to adopt similar policies.
In response to today’s announcement, the BlueGreen Alliance released a statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh:
“The BlueGreen Alliance has led advocacy efforts to develop and adopt Buy Clean since the policy’s inception in California and we are thrilled to see this innovative idea implemented at the federal level. Buy Clean’s climate benefits are clear. It will lower emissions from the industrial sector—one of the nation’s highest emitters—by leveling the playing field for companies that are doing the right thing. This effort, as well as related initiatives announced today, will ensure that American manufacturers remain competitive in an increasingly carbon constrained world—supporting manufacturing workers and communities who rely on these important industries.
“We thank the Council on Environmental Quality and the Biden administration for this important work to fight climate change while lifting up American manufacturing.”