United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm remains “reassuring, positive and actually optimistic” that Congress can agree on “a significant move forward in clean energy” despite the regulator’s de facto deadlock on issues such as climate.
Before Congress adjourned for the August recess, Democrats said they hoped to reach an agreement on a budget reconciliation bill. Effectively resurrecting aspects of the Rebuild Better than It Was bill that was defeated by the Senate last year, the legislation could include tax breaks for reduce the price of electric vehicles and facilities for the production of renewable energy. The details, however, are not clear, and negotiations reportedly continues. The bill will need the support of Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Sinema of Arizona.
Granholm made comments during TC Sessions: Climate 2022 interview, which was recorded on June 10. The Secretary of Energy was previously Michigan’s first female Attorney General and the first female governor.
Watch the full interview between TechCrunch and Granholm after the jump.
Asked if significant emissions reductions could be possible this decade if Congress fails to reach an agreement, Granholm told TechCrunch: “There are ways to achieve this without tax breaks. But, you know, it’s clearly a much bigger lift.” She added: “I assume we will get these clean energy tax breaks. We can do otherwise, but this is the surest way to achieve these goals.”
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