Reading by the First White House Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization
Today, Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council (NEC), and Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor, convened and co-chaired the first meeting of the Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Revitalization economic, as set out in President Biden’s Jan. 27 decree on tackling the climate crisis. The task force will focus on identifying and providing federal resources to revitalize the local economy of coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities, ensuring benefits and protections for workers in these communities.
The working group discussed ideas and actions in their respective agencies and offices to determine how to deploy grants, federal loan program, technical assistant, funding, procurement and other programs that will support and revitalize the economies of coal and power plant communities. They also discussed plans for the task force to begin engaging a variety of diverse stakeholders who will be essential partners in the task force’s efforts to support local coal, oil and gas, and power plant communities. , including state, local and tribal officials, workers, unions, business leaders, environmental justice organizations and community groups.
The Interagency Co-Chairs reiterated President Biden’s commitment to supporting and investing in the coal, oil and gas and power plant communities as the administration leads a fair clean energy revolution that strengthens the economy America and creates millions of well-paying union jobs. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm also introduced staff from the Department of Energy who will support the task force’s efforts.
As reported in President Biden’s January 27e executive decree on the fight against climate crises, the interagency working group is made up of the following government representatives:
- National Climate Advisor (co-chair)
- Assistant to the President for Economic Policy (Co-President)
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Secretary of the Interior
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Secretary of Commerce
- Labor secretary
- Secretary of Health and Social Services
- Transport secretary
- Energy secretary
- Education secretary
- Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
- Director of the Bureau of Management and Budget
- Assistant to the President of Internal Policy and Director of the Internal Policy Council
- Federal Co-President of the Appalachian Regional Commission.