The Inflation Reduction Act also makes the most significant investment dealing with climate change ever, anywhere, in the history of the world. It offers working families $1,000 a year in savings with rebates to buy energy-efficient appliances and weatherize their homes. It offers tax credits for heat pumps, rooftop solar, and for new and used electric vehicles. And guess who will install those 500,000 charging stations? The IBEW. Guess who will build the roads, highways, and bridges to get there? Laborers, Iron Workers, Operating Engineers, Sheet Metal Workers – the women and men right here in this room.
Under my predecessor, Infrastructure Week was a punchline. On my watch, we’re making Infrastructure Decade a headline. That’s where you come in. We’ve already announced over 25,000 infrastructure projects in 4,500 towns across the country. Union workers will build roads and bridges, lay internet cable, install electric vehicle chargers. Union workers are going to transform America. And union workers are going to finish the job!