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Press Release | June 6, 2022

RELEASE: Revolving Door Project Applauds Use Of Defense Production Act For Clean Energy Projects

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RELEASE: Revolving Door Project Applauds Use Of Defense Production Act For Clean Energy Projects

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Contact: Dorothy Slater, slater@therevolvingdoorproject.org

Revolving Door Project Applauds Use Of Defense Production Act For Clean Energy Projects

In response to the Biden administration’s announcement that it will activate the Defense Production Act to spur domestic production of crucial clean energy projects including solar panel parts, building insulation, heat pumps, and power grid infrastructure, Revolving Door Project Senior Researcher Dorothy Slater released the following statement:

“We applaud President Biden’s use of the Defense Production Act to jumpstart domestic production of clean energy projects. We and others have been urging him to take this critical step for many months now. Though it is long overdue, it’s exactly what President Biden should be prioritizing: using existing, Congressionally granted executive branch powers to address the greatest problem facing humanity.”

“We appreciate that the President is finally choosing to use the Defense Production Act to accelerate our progress towards a renewable energy future and that his announcement includes promises to promote strong labor standards. We hope this action represents only the beginning of the White House’s plan to aggressively support a renewable energy transition, and that we will soon see a rapid scale-up of solar energy deployment across the federal government, including at the publicly-owned Tennessee Valley Authority.”

“We urge Biden to go further and use all available executive power to confront the climate and ecological crisis, including declaring a national climate emergency and directing his Department of the Interior to end all new drilling leases, as promised during his campaign, and existing leases, as the science tells us is necessary. Taking stringent new action won’t require new laws, only that Biden follows the mandates of old, bipartisan laws which already require environmental impacts to be considered.”

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Image credit: “Solar panels on a roof – Northfield” by ell brown is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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