As the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I believe in promoting clean energy and energy efficiency, modernizing our grid, investing in clean water infrastructure, and tackling the climate crisis. And I believe we can do so while creating millions of good-paying jobs in the process.. That's what the CLEAN Future Act, legislation I introduced with other leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would do. Another piece of legislation I introduced this Congress, the LIFT America Act, will invest in our infrastructure, including energy infrastructure while protecting public health. Critically, it includes $4.5 billion to replace lead service lines, with a priority on disadvantaged communities.
Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by dirty air and water. Low-income communities are more likely to be located closer to coal-fired power plants and, therefore, are more likely to suffer from health issues resulting from dirty air and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner cities experience more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to asthma than the general population.” According to the American Lung Association, asthma attacks send African-Americans to the emergency room at more than three times the rate of white Americans and almost 1 in 10 African-American children suffer from asthma.
We need a sensible approach to our energy policy that promotes clean and renewable sources of energy, encourages investment in new energy technologies, and creates good-paying American jobs by making our country more energy-efficient and independent. I will continue to work towards this goal and will never let profit come before health as we shape our energy policy for the 21st century.
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