ARRANGEMENT, SK – US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Grenholm announced on Thursday that $ 3 million in federal funding will go to historic black colleges and universities, as well as other institutions that serve minorities, for research that she says will contribute to the Biden administration’s goals. on carbon neutrality and help strengthen the pipeline from these schools to energy-related jobs.
“This funding opportunity is designed to set technologies that will actually decarbonize electricity,” Granholm said during a stop in South Carolina, citing the example of combining coal waste with algae to create new substances such as plastics.
The announcement, Granholm said, is helping to advance work on the order, signed by President Joe Biden last year, make the federal government carbon-neutral by 2050. It aims to reduce 65% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to create a fully electric fleet of US cars and trucks in five years.
It will also help prepare the workforce to fill hundreds of jobs. The Department of Energy said it should assist in fulfilling the mandates set out in infrastructure package.
Granholm said the schools would be eligible for funding, which, according to notice filed in December “It will also include projects to mitigate the effects and eliminate the hereditary impact on the environment of coal production.”
To make the announcement, Granholm chose South Carolina State University, the only HBCU in the country that has a four-year nuclear engineering program. Visiting Orangeburg School with a graduate and Jim Clayburn from the House majority, Grenholm visited with the engineering students, listening to their research, and stating that they had decided to use their talents in public sector jobs.
“I have one question: can you come and work for the federal government?” Granholm asked after a student’s speech. “You’ll be a hot ticket wherever you go.”
Granholm’s first visit to South Carolina as secretary came at a time when Biden and other officials are touting progress in implementing the administration’s $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, following failures on other major policy issues including voting rights and other economies. efforts.
Also Thursday, Biden went to Ohio advertise $ 1 billion from the deal, which he said would restore the harbors of the Great Lakes and tributaries that have been contaminated with industrial toxins.
“We want people to see the benefits of the votes cast for them and their communities,” Granholm said, answering a question about how the deployment is doing the administration’s job ahead of the November by-elections.
The announcement of funding is also combined with the administration’s efforts to diversify jobs in the energy sector by directing funds to HBCU. In June, the Department of Energy awarded more than $ 2.85 million to internship programs in nuclear and elementary physics research for students at HBCU and other institutions working with minorities.
In May, at Howard University, Granholm announced funding of more than $ 17 million to support college internships, research projects, and opportunities to boost investment in underrepresented HBCU and other institutions serving minorities.
SC State is often a popular destination for national-level Democrats campaigning in South Carolina, in part because the area has many black and democratic electorates, as well as its ties to Clayburn, the state’s only Democrat in Congress and the highest-ranking black staff member. Congress.
Kleiberna public support for Biden on the eve of the Democratic presidential election in South Carolina in 2020 helped the then-candidate overcome a number of previous losses, serving as an expected signal to many black voters that Biden would be a candidate defending their interests.
But Republicans, including former UN ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nicki Haley, also visited nuclear research sites with Hailey stops near the school in April in one of her first public appearances after returning to her home state and possibly scaling up for future work in a senior position.
By order of Claiborne, Biden made an appeal before early December SC graduate, saying it would “offer historic investments to create and expand HBCU programs in high-demand areas such as cybersecurity, engineering and healthcare.”
On Thursday, Clayburn said she believes the visit to Granholm “will be very, very important to her and to us so that we can meet the needs of the state and the communities represented on this campus.”
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