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White House finalizes regulations to bolster clean energy jobs


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This week, the Biden administration rolled out new rules aimed at helping companies in the clean energy sector. The White House believes these investments will support communities with deep roots in the energy industry, even before the green movement took off.


The new rules outline how companies can qualify for subsidies under the Inflation Reduction Act, provided they meet certain conditions like paying prevailing wages.


Projects in nuclear, solar, wind, and other green energy fields could see their tax credit eligibility under the Inflation Reduction Act increase fivefold.


"America is experiencing a boom in clean energy manufacturing and deployment, attracting hundreds of billions in private investments and creating over 270,000 well-paying, union clean energy jobs," the White House announced.


"The final rules give clean energy developers and workers the clarity they need to benefit from President Biden’s historic investments in the clean energy economy," the statement added.


"These investments are reaching the communities President Biden vowed to support, including traditional energy towns and economically challenged areas, providing jobs and opportunities, especially for those without a college degree."


John Podesta, a senior climate advisor, assured workers that "clean energy jobs will be good jobs," addressing concerns that green energy hasn't matched the fossil fuel sector in job quality.


Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su praised the new rules, predicting they will bring "real, tangible benefits to workers nationwide."


In response, a spokesperson for the American Petroleum Institute emphasized that the oil and gas industry remains a key investor in the U.S. economy and supports a lower-carbon future.


However, a fossil fuel trade group leader argued the administration should not favor certain energy jobs over others. Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, said, "Instead of diverting taxpayer dollars to boost preferred jobs, the president should stop his regulatory attacks on the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, which support millions of American jobs."


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