President Joe Biden brought his economic message to Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Colorado congressional district on Wednesday. He emphasized the importance of clean-energy manufacturing investments, despite Boebert’s opposition to such initiatives.
As part of a White House strategy, President Biden visited to highlight the contrast between his economic vision and that of “MAGA Republicans” like Boebert. This visit comes at a time when the administration is facing criticism for its handling of the economy and concerns over inflation.
During his speech in Pueblo, Colo., President Biden highlighted the fact that his Republican colleagues, including the representative in question, had voted against the very law that enabled these job investments. He emphasized that this was not an exaggeration, but a fact. Furthermore, he pointed out that she had also voted to repeal important aspects of this law.
Biden delivered his speech from a factory run by CS Wind, which happens to be the biggest wind tower manufacturer globally. This particular factory is currently undergoing a $200 million expansion, thanks to the incentives provided by Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. It is worth noting that the act was approved by Congress in 2022 when the Democrats held the majority. Surprisingly, all Republican members of Congress, including Boebert, voted against this legislative package.
CS Wind has already hired over 500 employees since the Pueblo expansion started, and the project is set to generate a total of 850 new jobs.
During his speech at the factory, Biden criticized the law by referring to it as a “massive failure.” He directly addressed the workers, questioning their involvement in this failure. However, he also highlighted the positive impact of the law by mentioning the 850 new jobs it created in Pueblo, Colorado. Biden urged the audience to consider the benefits that this legislation would bring to the local economy, emphasizing that those who are open to listening should acknowledge these advantages.
Less than a year before the 2024 presidential election, voters continue to express concerns about Biden’s management of the economy, which remains one of his major vulnerabilities. Despite Biden’s efforts to promote a manufacturing resurgence and his adoption of the slogan “Bidenomics,” a recent Gallup poll revealed that 59% of Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy.
According to a September poll conducted by USA TODAY, a greater percentage of Americans (47%) trust former President Donald Trump, who is considered the front-runner for the 2024 Republican primary, to improve the economy, compared to President Biden (36%).
In a statement shared on X, also known as Twitter, Boebert criticized Joe Biden for interrupting his luxurious vacations to visit Pueblo and discuss what he refers to as “clean energy.”
“He needs to come here and apologize for his aggressive attack on fossil fuels and his Green New Deal agenda. These policies have had a devastating impact on the hardworking people of Colorado’s 3rd District,” she expressed with frustration.
Lauren Boebert, who narrowly won her reelection in 2022 with less than 1% margin, is bracing for another challenging election in 2024. Adam Frisch, the Democratic candidate who narrowly missed victory in the previous election, is now vying for the Democratic nomination once again to pursue a rematch.
Americans continue to harbor economic concerns despite impressive statistics. The Commerce Department recently released data indicating that the U.S. economy experienced a stronger-than-anticipated growth in the third quarter. The gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 5.2%, surpassing the projected 5% increase.
“I have seen more growth in this quarter than my predecessor saw in any quarter outside of the pandemic,” Biden stated.
According to an analysis conducted by Climate Power, a clean energy advocacy group, the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act has resulted in an impressive $310 billion in fresh investments in clean energy nationwide. This substantial influx of funds has also led to the creation of 210,000 new job opportunities across 44 different states.
According to a recent report from the Treasury Department, 81% of the clean-energy funds allocated under the Inflation Reduction Act have been directed towards projects in counties where the median income is below the national average. President Biden highlighted this finding as evidence of the administration’s commitment to prioritizing equitable distribution of resources in the clean energy sector.
“When I assumed office, my commitment was to serve as the president for all Americans,” stated Biden. “And we are making good on that pledge.”
According to the White House, Colorado has witnessed a surge of $7 billion in new manufacturing and clean-energy initiatives since President Biden took office. These projects are projected to generate approximately 3,500 job opportunities. One noteworthy undertaking is the $400 million venture undertaken by Primergy Solar, which aims to construct a vast 1,900-acre solar field in Pueblo. This solar field has the potential to supply energy to around 56,000 households and create 250 employment opportunities.
According to Biden, Boebert voted against the infrastructure law that he advocated for. This law is responsible for providing $17 million for street projects in Pueblo and $13.2 million to revitalize Main Street in Delta, Colo.
“You know, guys, when I hear all of that, it doesn’t really strike me as a huge failure. What do you think?” Biden asked, addressing the factory workers directly. “You guys are making a difference in America. But honestly, it just seems like a major failure in thinking for the congresswoman and her colleagues.”