November 19, 2021
Josh Valentine, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
[BOULDER, CO] – The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) applauds the passage of the Build Back Better Act (also known as the Reconciliation Act) by the United States House of Representatives.
Elise Jones, Executive Director for SWEEP, issued the following statement:
“The Build Back Better Act is a historic leap forward for clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate action. It will deliver real, long-lasting, and transformative benefits for people all across the Southwest by making unprecedented investments in building electrification, clean transportation, and domestic manufacturing.”
The Build Back Better Act promises to:
- Help families save money, by increasing access to energy- and money-saving technologies, like electric heat pumps and electric cars and trucks;
- Advance environmental justice, by accelerating the deployment of cleaner transit, buses, and trucks, and funding grants to disproportionately impacted communities;
- Strengthen local economies, by incentivizing the growth of domestic supply chains in solar, wind, electric vehicle, and other critical industries, while driving investment in the decarbonization and revitalization of American manufacturing;
- Cut pollution and protect the climate, by making the largest government investment in clean energy and climate action in United States history.
“Thank you to all of the Representatives who voted yes today. We are grateful for your leadership.”
“Now, the Senate must approve the Build Back Better Act. We urge Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper (Colorado), Senators Heinrich and Lujan Grisham (New Mexico), Senators Sinema and Kelly (Arizona), Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen (Nevada), Senators Romney and Lee (Utah), and Senators Barrasso and Lummis (Wyoming) to support final passage as soon as possible and realize these benefits for all Southwesterners.”
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a public interest organization promoting greater energy efficiency in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. swenergy.org