Aug 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

White House emphasizes clean bus provisions in bipartisan infrastructure plan

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The White House is using a multimedia public sales pitch and press strategy to promote a dual message: The bipartisan infrastructure plan has really good stuff for the climate — but it can’t be anywhere close to the final word from Congress.

Details: The administration has sent out a blitz of fact sheets and favorable press clippings to reporters.

The intrigue: The White House provided Axios its bullish take on the clean school bus provisions in the bill.

  • Officials are emphasizing $5.625 billion in funding for electric and low-emission school buses, with at least 50% of that funding going toward zero-emission school buses.
  • The administration estimates the investments will lead to more than 12,000 new electric school buses.
  • The White House says these buses would be made in the U.S., including at plants the president and vice president have visited in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Be smart: The bill wouldn't solely fund purely electric buses. The language also includes room to fund compressed natural gas or other low-emission power sources as well.

What they're saying: In a statement, national climate adviser Gina McCarthy told Axios: "These buses will be made here in America and create good paying union jobs all while making sure our students breathe cleaner air."

  • She also touted the demand they would drive for American-made batteries and vehicles.
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