COVID-19 Federal Response & Economic Stimulus – BlueGreen Alliance Legislative Priorities

We urge Congress to immediately pass a robust set of stimulus packages that meet the following standards, principles, and conditions, and incorporate the policy priorities outlined below.

Overarching Standards/Principles:

  • Ensure all projects built with public resources are subject to Buy America standards that maximize the return to taxpayers and the American economy;
  • Enforce Davis-Bacon provisions that ensure workers are paid prevailing wages;
  • Utilize project labor agreements (PLA), community benefit agreements (CBA), local hire, and other provisions and practices;
  • Drive forward-looking planning and investments that meet environmental standards and build resilient infrastructure systems and communities;
  • Ensure we “Buy Clean” to prioritize use of the most efficient, resilient, and cleanest materials and products with the lowest carbon and toxicity footprints and “Buy Fair” to enhance labor standards, workers’ rights, career pathways, equity and community
    benefits;
  • Enhance and enforce hiring and procurement policies that benefit low-income communities, people of color, and women;
  • Prioritize investments in those communities most in need;
  • Workers and families must receive the majority of the benefits of any federal aid package and aid will be clawed back if workers don’t benefit; and
  • Ensure adequate enforcement, including an outside oversight board with the authority to periodically review recipient compliance and adequate funding for state and local enforcement to ensure construction projects truly meet PLAs, CBAs and other workforce
    provision requirements.

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Testimony of Jason Walsh to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

In his testimony, Walsh spoke about the need tackle climate change in a way that delivers public health and environmental benefits to communities, creates and maintains good, unions jobs, addresses economic and racial injustice head on, and creates a cleaner, stronger, and more equitable economy.

He concluded with, “The solutions to the crises we’re facing—climate change, and economic and racial inequality—are as interconnected as their causes and we are happy to see that many of those solutions are included in the staff report released by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The report is far-reaching and we look forward to working with you on a climate plan that launches an economic recovery that provides solutions to create a stronger, cleaner, and more equitable economy that works for all Americans..”

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Testimony of Jason Walsh to the House Committee on Natural Resources

In his testimony, Walsh spoke about the need to rebuild a more just, sustainable economy after the Covid-19 crisis.

He concluded with, “If we do it right, we can improve the health, safety, and resilience of workers and communities in the face of crises like the pandemic or climate disasters. We can reduce pollution, including the emissions driving climate change. We can create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs and launch an economic recovery that delivers a stronger, cleaner, and more equitable society for the long run.”

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BlueGreen Alliance Legislative Priorities for COVID-19 Federal Response and Economic Stimulus

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We urge Congress to immediately pass a robust set of stimulus packages that meet the following standards, principles, and conditions, and incorporate the policy priorities outlined in the document below.

Overarching Standards/Principles:

  • Ensure all projects built with public resources are subject to Buy America standards that maximize the return to taxpayers and the American economy;
  • Enforce Davis-Bacon provisions that ensure workers are paid prevailing wages;
  • Utilize project labor agreements (PLA), community benefit agreements (CBA), local hire, and other provisions and practices;
  • Drive forward-looking planning and investments that meet environmental standards and build resilient infrastructure systems and communities;
  • Ensure we “Buy Clean” to prioritize use of the most efficient, resilient, and cleanest materials and products with the lowest carbon and toxicity footprints and “Buy Fair” to enhance labor standards, workers’ rights, career pathways, equity and community benefits;
  • Enhance and enforce hiring and procurement policies that benefit low-income communities, people of color, and women;
  • Prioritize investments in those communities most in need;
  • Workers and families must receive the majority of the benefits of any federal aid package and aid will be clawed back if workers don’t benefit; and
  • Ensure adequate enforcement, including an outside oversight board with the authority to periodically review recipient compliance and adequate funding for state and local enforcement to ensure construction projects truly meet PLAs, CBAs and other workforce provision requirements.

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COVID-19 Federal Response & Economic Stimulus – BlueGreen Alliance Legislative Priorities

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Congress must develop an economic stimulus package focused on working people and the public good.

A stimulus package must safeguard working peoples’ jobs, homes, and livelihoods. It must also include investments that will provide for a sustained economic recovery. Some companies and industries will need support, and we believe this must come with conditions to avoid permanent layoffs, secure jobs, and provide safe and fair working conditions. Handing over billions of dollars without standards would be unwise and would virtually ensure workers do not see the direct benefit of their hard-earned tax dollars. Working people must see the gains from any package.

We urge Congress to pass a robust set of stimulus packages that meet the following standards, principles, and conditions and incorporate the policy priorities we outlined immediately.

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TESTIMONY OF JASON WALSH TO THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

Walsh spoke about the importance of natural lands to addressing the climate crisis. He said, “Achieving these goals and getting to our carbon reduction targets is going to be challenging but they are achievable, and public lands will play a critical role in achieving them.”

Limiting climate change to the extent required by science will, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” and “could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society.” This transformation must happen at the speed and scale demanded by scientific reality and the urgent need of our communities. If we do it right, we can not only avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but create quality, family-sustaining jobs and ensure a more equitable society. Walsh concluded, “Given the scale of the problem, numerous solutions will be needed and public lands will have to play a key role. We appreciate the committee’s efforts to make progress now. We look forward to working with this committee as you move forward.”

 

BlueGreen Alliance Discussion on Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s proposed rule to adopt California emissions standards

We stand at a crossroads for manufacturing and the middle class. Manufacturers in the U.S. have risen to the challenge of building the next generation of advanced vehicles, and currently many of the market-leading EVs are assembled here in the U.S., creating high-skill, high-wage, family-sustaining jobs. But this global leadership is not assured for the future. Our competitors in Europe and Asia are making deep investments in EV manufacturing and putting into place policies to drive their own manufacturing and technology leadership in advanced vehicles. Without action, we will fall behind the rest of the world. So the question is not about car standards for California or Minnesota, it is about whether we are moving forward or moving backward. The federal government is taking our fuel economy standards backwards, and without action it will take us with them, along with all of the businesses and workers in the advanced vehicle industry.

BlueGreen Alliance Comments on Proposal to Rollback Methane Standards in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector for New, Reconstructed, or Modified Sources

Methane must be directly regulated. The original methane standards—Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources—finalized by the EPA in August 2016, would protect workers and local communities, address climate change, and create jobs by driving deployment of cost-effective, available technology and practices to reduce methane leaks. The 2016 standards included common-sense measures to reduce methane emissions from new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sector. Weakening the 2016 rule is the wrong move—it would stifle job creation and innovation, waste resources, and endanger workers.

Testimony of Jason Walsh to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources

In his testimony, Walsh spoke about abandoned mine reclamation as an opportunity not only to safeguard environmental and public health, but to also improve the economic health of coal-dependent areas.

He concluded with, “reclamation is not just about cleaning up abandoned mines; it’s about helping to rebuild the communities that powered America. Coal communities are struggling like never before and are looking for a path to a brighter future. Abandoned mine lands can be transformed into engines of economic opportunity, creating stronger communities and ecosystems at the same time.”

Testimony Of Jason Walsh To The Subcommittee On Environment And Climate Change Of The House Committee On Energy And Commerce

In his testimony, Walsh spoke about how reducing industrial emissions will grow American competitiveness in the global economy and secure and create a new generation of good, middle-class jobs across America—all while tackling the climate crisis..

He concluded with, “if we don’t start playing catch up, the future of innovative, low -and zero-emission steelmaking will be commercialized by our global competitors. We cannot let that happen. We need to move forward an aggressive agenda to regain American leadership in clean technology innovation and deployment, and we need to do it now.”

Testimony of Zoe Lipman to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

In her testimony, Lipman spoke about how the need to rebuild American manufacturing in order to both tackle the climate crisis and the problems facing American workers today.

She concluded with, “acting now to adopt an aggressive, worker-centered agenda to address the climate crisis is amongst the most compelling opportunities we have to meet America’s challenges and capture its most exciting opportunities—for the U.S. manufacturing sector, workers, communities, the overall economy, and the environment..”

Testimony of Michael Williams to the House Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship

In his testimony, Williams spoke about how small businesses are critical to our economy, and a major expansion of clean energy is vital if we are going to succeed in the fight against climate change. It’s time we brought this thinking together, and in doing so we must strive to do it right and lift up American workers.

He concluded with, “growing the clean economy—if done right—is a significant opportunity to ensure a more equitable society, increase U.S. global competitiveness, support and grow small businesses, and create quality, good-paying, union jobs across the country.”