Energy Sec. Granholm: Biden Plan Offers 'So Much' for Fossil-Fuel Dependent States Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm speaks during a daily press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sunday, 11 April 2021 11:09 AM
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday said there’s “so much” for states that have been mining fossil fuels “to love” in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Granholm said the president is willing to compromise with Republicans on the $2.3 trillion package.
“So much of this package will help not just West Virginia, but the states like West Virginia that have been historically mining fossil fuels, extracting fossil fuels,” she said. “Republicans and Democrats agree on the importance of not leaving communities behind where the market has moved in a different direction like in coal.”
“This will help to train people who are in that industry to move to these new technologies that are not a whole lot different from the skills that they may be using in mining coal,” she said, adding, “There's a lot in there that helps these states move to the future in addition to roads and bridges and in rural states, broadband, and transmission. So much in here to love.”
According to Granholm, Biden is “willing to negotiate what this looks like.”
“He knows that his current plan is going to be changed,” she said. “That's the nature of compromise. So whether it is in one big package or several packages, he wants to talk to Republicans.”
“The president wants to give it the time necessary to see if he can achieve that bipartisan support,” she added. “Hopefully there will be progress by Memorial Day. I know that he wants to get this done by summer. … not doing something is not an option.”
“We need to make these investments,” she declared. “We need to make the investments at the size of the need for America to win, and so that's what this is about.”
With Republicans signaling united opposition to Biden's proposal, Democrats need near-universal party support to pass infrastructure and jobs legislation.