WASHINGTON, D.C.— Last week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Southern California to showcase how President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will increase access to clean energy sources and deliver an equitable transition to benefit all pockets of the nation.
Secretary Granholm was joined by U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) in Palm Springs, the Salton Sea and Imperial Valley for a series of listening sessions with local community members and leaders where they heard first-hand from frontline communities grappling with public health impacts of climate change and historic disinvestment.
At the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Secretary was joined by U.S. Representative Mike Levin (CA-49) where she provided an update on the Administration’s ongoing efforts to responsibly manage the nation’s spent nuclear fuel.
Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh later joined Secretary Granholm in Los Angeles to tour a workforce training site and clean tech incubator of innovative startups that is helping to accelerate an inclusive clean energy economy.
Secretary Granholm closed out her visit, on Earth Day, with a visit to Santa Monica where she observed the city’s enviable sustainability and energy efficiency measures, including the living building that houses the new City Hall.
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Este miércoles, la Secretaria de Energía de los Estados Unidos, Jennifer Granholm, visitará la zona del Salton Sea, la cual ha sido establecida como clave por los gobiernos federal y estatal en la extracción de litio, industria en la cual el país se encuentra muy por detrás de China.
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“We know that housing these operations is not for everybody, but they do bring jobs, they do bring economic opportunities, and some communities find that interesting,” Granholm said. “We have a process, and we will align our goals with the needs and concerns of interested communities. We’re going to build our relationships with potential host communities on a foundation of trust from the get-go.”
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“What I’m just blown away by is the incredible leadership here — that they’re willing to try and demonstrate how you can have sustainability and affordability and technology that allows us to get there,” Granholm said while standing in the foyer of the new City Hall East building at the end of the tour. “I’m a huge believer in technology, to be able to solve a lot of these problems. You guys are demonstrating that in every thoughtful attribute of this building … I just think leadership is so important in general, but when you have leadership that are all on the same page about being responsible, sustainable, equitable, oh my gosh, it’s really the magic elixir of an irresistible community, which obviously you are — and you’ve got the ocean! It’s so great.”
Raul Ruiz: Today, I was joined by @SecGranholm to discuss the experiences of our communities at the Salton Sea and how we can explore our region's potential to power a safe, clean energy future with the lithium underneath it. Thank you to all the residents who shared their stories.
Rep. Mike Levin: Today at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (@SCE_SONGS), @ENERGY @SecGranholm and I met with staff to discuss their current operations, view the spent nuclear fuel storage, and discuss the future of the plant as their decommissioning process continues.
Secretary Marty Walsh: I visited the @laincubator w/ @SecGranholm to discuss how we can address climate change while creating jobs and expanding opportunities. Through @USDOL's Good Jobs Initiative, we're working to ensure that good, green jobs are accessible in the communities that need them the most
LACI: Says a lot about LACI's work building an inclusive green economy that @POTUS sent both Cabinet Secretaries @JenGranholm & @SecMartyWalsh to see firsthand how we unlock innovation, create jobs & accelerate climate action & environmental justice. via @Yahoo
Rep. Norma Torres: It was a pleasure to join @SecMartyWalsh, @SecGranholm, @RepLindaSanchez, and @RepJudyChu to highlight the importance of investing in people to start startups and small businesses that impact their communities.