Climate Change

Climate change is a crisis, plain and simple. And it disproportionately harms communities of color and working class communities, making it not only an environmental crisis, but also an economic and racial justice crisis. Chuck Schumer supports a bold, aggressive agenda that makes sweeping investments in our infrastructure, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and addresses every aspect of the climate crisis. He has called on President Biden to declare climate change a national emergency to put the full force of the federal government behind saving our planet.

The American Jobs Plan

We can tackle climate change head-on by making unprecedented investments in our nation’s infrastructure, which is why Chuck Schumer supports President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

The American Jobs plan would invest $2 trillion in our roads, highways, bridges and public transit, eliminate lead pipes in drinking water, expand high-speed broadband so every American can access it, and retrofit old homes and buildings to increase affordable housing. It provides funding for restoring and conserving public lands and waters, and invests in a modernized electrical grid so we’re 100% powered by clean energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2035.

Our transition to a clean energy economy must be powered by American workers who have the right to unionize. The American Jobs Plan calls on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which eliminates major barriers created by states and corporations to prevent workers from joining a union.

Clean Cars for America

Part of the American Jobs Plan is Chuck’s “Clean Cars for America” plan. This bold plan will accelerate our transition to American-made, electric vehicles, ensuring that all cars made in the U.S. will be electric by 2030, and all cars on the road will be electric by 2040.

The Verge

The Clean Cars for America plan will provide significant discounts to people who trade in their gas-powered cars for an electric vehicle, similar to the “cash for clunkers” program. The plan will also provide major incentives to car manufacturers to phase-out the production of gas engines and will build a network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country.

We’ll need thousands of workers to build the cars of the future and install charging stations nationwide, which is why this plan has broad support from labor unions and environmental groups. By turbo-charging our transition to clean vehicles, we’ll create thousands of green, union jobs.

The THRIVE Agenda

Chuck Schumer also supports the THRIVE Agenda, a legislative proposal to fight climate change that is rooted in economic and racial justice. The key pillars of the THRIVE Agenda are:

  • Good, safe, union jobs: To address the climate crisis, we must upgrade, modernize and invest in our infrastructure. And we must hire millions of well-paid, union workers to get the job done.
  • Support workers: As we create new, green jobs, we must empower workers to fight inequity and protect their right to join a union.
  • Invest in Black, Brown and Indigenous Communities: Black, Brown, Indigenous and working class people are the ones harmed the most by environmental injustice. Investments in job creation, pollution reduction, and climate resilience must be focused and led by the communities hit the hardest.
  • Strengthen Tribal Sovereignty: As we fight the climate crisis, Tribal Nations should have the power to decide what happens on their lands.
  • Fight Environmental Injustice: Black, Brown, Indigenous and work class communities have longbeen denied access to clean air and clean water. The THRIVE Agenda works to reduce air and water pollution, replace toxic lead pipes, and provide physical and mental health care to communities suffering from environmental injustice.
  • Avoid a Climate Catastrophe: We must invest in clean, renewable energy and sustainable, domestic agriculture to limit global warming and prevent climate disasters like intense flooding and wildfires.
  • Support Workers in the Clean Energy Transition: The workers who have powered our country for generations will not be left behind. We will invest in job creation and benefits for workers impacted by our energy transition.
  • Invest in Public Institutions: We need investment and accountability from the federal government to ensure that we address the climate crisis and communities get the resources they need.