Biden Promises USDOT Will Combat Climate Change and “Advance Racial Equality”
Washington D.C. – The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will undergo a significant reshaping of policy if former Vice President Joe Biden is sworn into office next year.
In a speech on Wednesday announcing his nominee to lead the USDOT, former mayor Pete Buttigieg, Mr. Biden laid out his vision to use the USDOT to combat climate change and fight racial injustices.
“The Department of Transportation services a critical mission with critical responsibilities,” Biden said. “We’re the world’s richest nation, but we rank 10th in overall quality of our infrastructure according to the World Economic Forum. There’s so much we can do.”
Biden once gain called climate change an “existential threat” that must be addressed through a shift in USDOT policy for the purpose of “helping cities across the country… to build more climate resilient communities to deal with more extreme floods, droughts and super storms.”
“When I think of climate change I think about jobs… good paying union jobs,” he explained. “This is going to attract businesses.”
Additionally, Biden said it will also be critical to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure in a way that heals racial injustices.
Specifically, Biden expressed his USDOT will work to “advance racial equality as we build back better to include everyone so that zip code doesn’t determine your access to a good job, a good school, a good education and healthcare.”
He also stressed his goal of “helping cities and states to keep transit systems running for frontline and essential workers and then helping to modernize their airports, ports and railways to attract and retain businesses and workers.”
Another top priority for a Biden USDOT will be “getting to carbon neutral as a way to power vehicles,” he explained.
“We can own the electric vehicle market,” he confidently stated.
Further, he indicated his intention to fund and build at least 500,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the nation.
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