“This is very much a jobs plan….It deals with four interwoven challenges…The first is the post-pandemic reality, the second is the economic downturn, the third is the climate crisis, and the fourth is inequality and racial equity… The general theme is that the road to economic recovery is through climate action..” Anne Kelly, Ceres.org on Electric Ladies Podcast
The Senate just passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which has $369 billion for climate and energy initatives. Clearly this will have huge economic consequences and affect the business community.
So, what does the business community think of it? Listen to Anne Kelly, Vice President of Government Relations at the nonprofit Ceres, which works with the business community directly on these issues. This episode aired last fall when the elements in this new legislation were called Build Back Better. Anne is also Director of Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate Policy.
- What specifically the infrastructure bills fund upgrades to and what the Clean Electricity Standard is.
- What jobs would be created and the skills that would be required for them.
- What “sustainable infrastructure” is and how it will protect communities from the ravages of climate change – including maintaining power in a storm.
- Why businesses support these bills to maintain and grow, and create more jobs – and the SEC’s ESG momentum.
- Plus, insightful career advice that may surprise you….
“Be careful about what you’re good at. So, if you’re not happy with what you’re doing, you really do have to take a risk and be willing to step out of your current role and try something new, and test yourself. And you can do that in your own position, you can dabble in another area….and then see if that’s a place you want to go.” Anne Kelly, Ceres on the Electric Ladies podcast
Read Joan’s related Forbes articles here too.
You’ll also want to listen to:
- Telva McGruder, Chief Diversity Officer of General Motors – on pivoting that 100+ year old company from gas-powered cars to electric cars
- Michele Wucker, on her new book “You Are What You Risk: The New Science And Art of Navigating An Uncertain World.”
- Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of National Council of Science and the Environment on how to talk to policymakers about science to keep science in policy decisions.
- Lisa Jacobson, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, on the impact of covid on energy and transitioning to a clean energy economy
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