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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee at a hearing Tuesday that measures to prevent climate change were integral to the success of the infrastructure projects in President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan.
In his opening statement to the committee, Buttigieg noted that some critics of the climate elements of the plan said the spending proposal should address only assets like roads and bridges but pushed back against that opinion by comparing it to “drawing up plans for a new restaurant with no consideration for health, safety or cleanliness. The truth is that every infrastructure decision is already, inevitably a climate decision as well.”
Buttigieg also told the committee that the plan is the biggest jobs investment since World War II and that 40% of the plan’s climate investments would go to “overburdened and underserved communities, who often bear a disproportionate burden of transportation pollution.”