Senator Carper Emphasizes the Environmental Impact of Inflation Reduction Act

At the Senate Finance Committee hearing “Tax Incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act: Jobs and Investment in Energy Communities,” U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del), a senior member of the committee, highlighted the critical environmental impact of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on communities across the U.S. Since the passage of the IRA, nearly 150,000 clean energy jobs have been created and billions of dollars have been put towards projects that will drive the America’s energy transformation through wind energy, solar, electric vehicle manufacturing, energy storage, and more. 

While questioning the witnesses, Senator Carper highlighted the importance of including all communities in the clean energy transition, while creating good-paying jobs:

“I’m delighted that today’s hearing is focused on the impact of the clean energy tax incentives that we included in the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s an achievement that was only possible thanks to the hard work of this committee and its leadership. One important goal in the Inflation Reduction Act is making sure we don’t leave any communities behind as we transition to cleaner energy, including coal mining towns like the one that my sister and I were born in, and other communities that rely on fossil fuels for jobs and economic prosperity… We can address the climate crisis and make sure we create good paying jobs, clean energy jobs, and leave no community behind in the process while providing certainly predictability for the business community.”

A video of Senator Carper’s questions at this hearing can be found here.