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President Joe Biden has launched a historic $1.6 trillion initiative to revitalize American infrastructure and accelerate green technology, aiming to secure his legacy and re-election.

Jessie Blaeser, Benjamin Storrow, Kelsey Tamborrino, Zack Colman and David Ferris report for POLITICO.


In short:

  • Biden's package includes massive investments in clean energy and manufacturing with significant tax breaks aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions.
  • Out of the total funds, a large portion remains unspent, highlighting challenges in the execution of these ambitious programs.
  • Recent spending includes significant allocations for semiconductor production and clean energy projects, underlining strategic moves to counteract technological competition from China.

Key quote:

"There's a lot left to do. First of all, that money needs to be deployed."

— John Podesta, White House senior clean energy advisor

Why this matters:

The administration's approach reflects a dual commitment: revitalizing the nation's aging infrastructure while steering the economic engine toward more sustainable practices. This pivot aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the United States—one of the world's leading polluters—and galvanize the domestic clean energy sector, potentially setting a global benchmark for environmental stewardship and innovation.

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