New Treasury analysis shows the Inflation Reduction Act is delivering clean energy investment to communities that have been too often left behind

Today, President Biden will visit CS Wind in Pueblo, Colorado — the largest wind tower manufacturer in the world — to highlight how Bidenomics is creating jobs and opportunities in Colorado’s third congressional district. CS Wind recently announced it is expanding operations and creating hundreds of jobs as a direct result of the Inflation Reduction Act — which self-described MAGA Republican Representative Lauren Boebert called “dangerous for America,” a “massive failure,” and “bad for Colorado’s Third District.”

Coinciding with the visit, the Department of the Treasury released a new analysis showing that clean energy investments spurred by the Inflation Reduction Act are predominantly going to underserved communities and energy communities. The analysis shows that President Biden is delivering on his promise to create opportunities and jobs in communities too often left behind, while self-described MAGA Republicans like Representative Lauren Boebert continue to undermine their constituents by trying to block the President’s agenda.

Since President Biden took office, companies have announced $7 billion in new manufacturing and clean energy investments in Colorado  including hundreds of millions of dollars in Representative Boebert’s district. Outside groups estimate that the Inflation Reduction Act has helped create over 3,500 good-paying clean energy jobs in Colorado in the one year since the President signed the law. But if self-described MAGA Republicans like Representative Boebert had their way, Colorado would lose out on billions of dollars of those investments, jobs, and opportunities:

  • Treasury’s new analysis shows that clean energy investments announced since the President signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law are benefitting economically disadvantaged communities, including in Pueblo, CO.
    • The analysis shows that 99% of clean energy investments in Colorado since the Inflation Reduction Act passed are in counties with below-average weekly wages, 99% are in counties with below-median household income, 99% are in counties with below-average college graduation rates, and 68% are in counties with higher-than-average child poverty rates. The analysis also finds that investments have grown especially quickly in energy communities that have a history of fossil fuel production.
    • Representative Boebert called the Inflation Reduction Act “dangerous for America” and said it “needs to be repealed” — which would put in jeopardy the jobs and investments the law is creating in her home district — particularly in underserved communities.
  • Earlier this year, CS Wind broke ground on an over $200 million expansion to its Pueblo facility and directly attributed its investment to the Inflation Reduction Act — part of the President’s Bidenomics agenda. The investment to expand the largest wind tower manufacturing facility in the world will create 850 new jobs in an energy community in Colorado’s third congressional district by 2026, help meet the increased demand for wind towers, and bring clean energy supply chains to the United States. Since beginning the expansion, CS Wind has more than doubled its workforce in Pueblo, hiring 500 new employees so far.
    • Representative Boebert said voting against the Inflation Reduction Act would be “the easiest no vote yet,” even though the law is bringing over 800 new jobs to her district from this one project alone.
  • Last October, Primergy Solar announced a $400 million investment to build a 1,900-acre solar field in Pueblo that could power up to 56,000 homes and create 250 jobs.
    • Representative Boebert still called the Inflation Reduction Act a “massive failure” nearly one year after Primergy made its announcement, which will benefit tens of thousands of people in her district.

If Representative Boebert had her way, Colorado would have lost out on over $5.6 billion in infrastructure projects already announced in Colorado, including over $1 billion for high-speed internet from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:

  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided nearly $17 million to redesign streets and better connect the West Side to downtown in Pueblo and $13.2 million to revitalize Main Street in Delta, Colorado — both located in Colorado’s third congressional district.
    • Representative Boebert called the infrastructure law “garbage,” and “wasteful.”
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also invested $160 million in the Arkansas Valley Conduit — a 103-mile water pipeline that starts in Pueblo and will bring clean water to 50,000 people across southeastern Colorado.
    • Representative Boebert called the Infrastructure Bill a “scam,” and claimed it was “punishment for rural America.”

The Inflation Reduction Act makes a historic commitment to build a new clean energy economy, powered by American innovators, American workers, and American manufacturers, that will create good-paying union jobs, reduce pollution, and advance environmental justice. Since President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, companies have announced that at least eleven U.S. wind energy manufacturing facilities plan to open, re-open, or expand to serve the growing onshore wind industry. Additionally, investments in the U.S. offshore wind industry have increased by $7.7 billion since the President signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. U.S. wind energy generation is expected to triple, and production could meet more than 50% of the national demand for wind turbine blades and towers by 2030, as domestic manufacturing continues to grow. In 2022, wind power accounted for 22% of new electricity capacity installed in the U.S., representing $12 billion in capital investment, and employing more than 125,000 Americans.

President Biden made a commitment to be a President for all Americans, regardless of political party, and he’s kept that promise. The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to deliver for workers and families in Colorado’s third congressional district and across the country — even if self-described MAGA Republicans like Representative Boebert put politics ahead of jobs and opportunities created by Bidenomics.


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