Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Calls for Federal Infrastructure Policies that Address Climate Change
Washington, DC- Today during a hearing of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”, Congressman Jesus “Chuy” García highlighted the impact that climate change has on underserved, working class and minority communities:
“The fact is, climate change is causing more extreme weather events and will put more strain on our crumbling infrastructure. During the last polar vortex, two steel beams supporting Lake Shore Drive in Chicago cracked as did transit rail in Minneapolis.
“Decisions made decades ago left communities of color out.
“As we consider long-term infrastructure investment, we must seek more equity in legislation that will shape our future. Too many communities, have been left without adequate mobility, are at higher risk from extreme weather events, and are disproportionately exposed to toxic air and water.
“Failing to address climate change hurts – but it hurts communities of color more severely.
“We need cleaner transit and more energy efficient structures because they have tremendous returns on investment.
“In Chicago, we have committed to converting our bus fleet to be 100% electric by 2040. The City has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 11% from 2005 to 2015, while jobs grew 7%, dispelling the myth that greening our industries weakens our economy.”
As the 116th Congress works to enact a national infrastructure package, a surface transportation reauthorization, and confronts climate change, giving a voice for underserved, minority, and low-income communities as well as communities of color in the policy-making process will be a priority for Rep. García.