Congressman Sean Maloney

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Maloney Cosponsors Delgado’s Green Jobs and Opportunity Act, a Roadmap to Achieve a Clean Energy Workforce

Aug 29, 2019
Press Release

Maloney Cosponsors Delgado’s Green Jobs and Opportunity Act, a Roadmap to Achieve a Clean Energy Workforce

Newburgh — Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) cosponsored the Green Jobs and Opportunity Act, legislation recently introduced by Reps. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Mark Pocan (WI-02) to combat climate change and ensure the labor workforce is ready to transition to a clean energy economy.

“When it comes to the dangers of climate change, we don’t have time to waste. I’m proud to support the Green Jobs and Opportunities Act, and look forward to strengthening green jobs and renewable energy resources here in the Hudson Valley and across the state,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

“Every day we are presented with harrowing facts about the dramatically changing climate. We have a moral imperative to combat climate change now and bring down carbon emissions to protect our planet for future generations, as well as an obligation to ensure our workforce is prepared for the changing clean energy economy. To fully recognize the economic potential in climate change, we need to understand what a green economy looks like—what jobs exist, how much they pay, and what training is required to fill those roles. Today, I am announcing the Green Jobs and Opportunity Act to give us a roadmap to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and ensure significant investments are made so our current workforce can capitalize on these new, green opportunities in an economy where 100 percent of the energy demand is met with clean, renewable, and net-zero emission sources.” Congressman Delgado continued, “I am very proud to introduce this legislation which brings labor unions, educational institutions, green employers, and environmental advocates together and makes significant investments in targeted programs, including pre-apprenticeship programs, that are crucial to ensuring the U.S. and Upstate New York has a workforce prepared to meet the energy needs of tomorrow. I thank my neighboring colleague, Representative Maloney, for his leadership on this important legislation.”

 

BACKGROUND

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, there must be net-zero global emissions by 2050. The Green Jobs and Opportunity Act starts with the assumption of achieving this critical goal and then requires the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Energy (DOE) to work backward to project current and future workforce needs and shortages in the energy sector specifically. These reports would be completed quarterly and would include recommendations to ensure the U.S. remains on track with the IPCC’s designated timeline. Importantly, the legislation makes a significant investment—$260 million per year for fiscal years 2020 through 2022—for workforce development for displaced workers. This funding would be distributed as grants to educational institutions and labor organizations, among other entities, to establish flexible training programs to reduce any shortages and skill gaps that the DOL-DOE reports identify.

The Green Jobs and Opportunity Act also establishes a National Advisory Committee on the Clean Energy Technology Workforce, made up of representatives from labor organizations, employers from clean energy fields, academia, and environmental advocacy groups, tasked with advising DOL and DOE throughout the transition process. In bringing all stakeholders to the table in this way, this bill aims to ensure the current and future workforce is prepared to capitalize on the millions of new jobs that will be created during the transition to a clean energy economy.  

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