The President’s View: Making strides towards our goals of a cleaner, more resilient energy future
December 8, 2021 : Lisa Jacobson
This fall, we have witnessed tremendous progress on the Business Council for Sustainable Energy's clean energy and climate change policy priorities in the federal and international arenas.
When Congress and President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law in early November, they made a significant down payment on improving America's energy infrastructure. This bill included investments in innovation and research, development and deployment programs, clean energy integration, clean transportation and resilient infrastructure.
Congress and President Biden are already working on the next level of clean energy investment and climate ambition in the United States: the Build Back Better Act. Together, these two pieces of legislation are notable in terms of the scale and durability of the policies, as well as breadth and scope of the technologies covered. The Build Back Better Act uses the tax code to drive clean energy and energy efficiency growth and leverage private dollars. The direct pay provisions in the tax policies provide flexibility and efficiency to maximize their impact. These are policy design recommendations BCSE has supported. Learn how you can support the BCSE advocacy later on our fall newsletter.
In early November, BCSE witnessed the United States’ return as a clean energy and climate leader in international negotiations at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 26), in Glasgow, Scotland. Large Congressional delegations and members of President Biden’s Cabinet were on stages and in the halls throughout COP 26, advocating for fair and transparent rules to implement the Paris Agreement and for greater international ambition to accelerate climate action. Read on to learn more about BCSE's engagement in our fall newsletter.
The BCSE looks forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Biden Administration to shape and implement the programs and policies that will support the U.S. energy transition in an inclusive, affordable and efficient manner, and will strengthen the growth and resilience of the American economy. To receive our newsletters directly, subscribe here.
President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy