American wind

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2022

President Joe Biden has frequently framed his push for a clean energy transition as a boon for domestic job growth — and particularly for well-paying union jobs. So it’s no surprise that a host of top administration officials were on hand to crow about a project agreement that would likely mean tens of thousands of those union jobs to help build out one of Biden’s signature goals: creating a strong offshore wind power sector.

“Let’s not pretend that there’s this false choice: What’s good for business versus what’s good for the climate. Not true. It’s both,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Thursday.

Raimondo made the remarks as top labor leaders and offshore wind company Ørsted signed a first-of-a-kind agreement that will ensure the company’s six U.S. offshore wind farms under development are built with union labor. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Amanda Lefton also attended.

The labor agreement comes as the Republicans frame their critiques of the administration’s energy policies as both hurting American consumers and costing American jobs, warning that a transition from fossil fuels will lead to the economic downturn of regions dependent on coal. But the labor pact will ensure workers are paid the same wages and benefits they would in the refining industry, NABTU President Sean McGarvey told POLITICO’s Kelsey Tamborrino.