Politics: Attracting Republican support will likely be crucial for the bill, and Daines’ support could help his luck.
“This bipartisan bill will support jobs and increase investment in coal and other energy-producing communities in Montana to ensure they continue to play a role in US energy production,” he said. declared Daines.
The White House did not comment on the bill, but Stabenow said Biden supported the plan.
“I have spoken to the administration and the administration is supportive,” she said.
The legislation: The bill appears to support President Joe Biden’s promise to ensure former fossil fuel workers are not left out of his greener economy. Coal-fired power plants have been phasing out at a rapid pace in recent years, and an additional 2.7 gigawatt capacity is expected to retire this year, according to the Energy Information Administration. During her confirmation hearing last month, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stressed the need to put clean energy manufacturing in places with skilled labor that have seen unemployment rise in due to plant closures.
“Location-based strategies are essential for areas that have been left behind and that is exactly what Joe Biden’s executive order pledged today to correct,” Granholm told the Energy Committee. during this hearing.
The bill’s provisions could be beneficial in red states like Wyoming and West Virginia, where coal-fired power plants have retired and coal mines are cutting production, leading former workers to seek employment. other employment opportunities. But some Republicans may be skeptical of the bill.
“I haven’t seen any pigs fly,” Representative David McKinley (RW.Va.) told POLITICO on Friday, ahead of the bill’s announcement. “If the manufacturing sector wanted to go to McGowan County or Clay County or other parts of West Virginia… those manufacturers would already be there. There may be an incentive, but Joe [Manchin] must understand that this is not just about tax incentives. It is the availability of materials. What about the workforce, is it available? I’m not going to suggest that it’s all wrong, it takes a much bigger picture. “