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It is time to revive our economy, and that begins with rebuilding our country's infrastructure. As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to consider including investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural infrastructure in any upcoming infrastructure bills. These job-creating investments increase the resiliency and sustainability of our nation's critical infrastructure, expand the use of green and nature-based solutions for restoring ecosystems, reduce emissions and pollution, and build the clean energy future that we need.
I ask that you prioritize investments that:
- Support the growing number of clean energy jobs;
- Support the outdoor economy that includes parks, recreation, and conservation — which contributes $887 billion annually to the U.S. economy and supports 7.6 million American jobs;
- Grow the restoration economy that generated almost $25 billion in economic output and supported more than 221,000 jobs in 2014 alone, primarily in low-income and rural communities, with average salaries of over $75,000;
- Restore and increase the resilience of our coasts with natural infrastructure, which NOAA estimates creates 15 to 30 jobs for every million dollars in investment and provides vital protections to communities and ecosystems threatened by climate change; and
- Invest in measures to support water conservation in Western states to stabilize water supplies vital to public health, the environment, and the economy.
I hope I can count on you to champion these investments in order to protect our communities, birds, and the places we share.