According to a new federal plan, nearly 400 school districts across the country are receiving grants totalling about US $1 billion to purchase 2500 “clean” school buses.
Matt Daley Associated Press:
Washington (AP) – According to a new federal plan, nearly 400 school districts in 50 states and the capital, Washington, D.C., as well as some American tribes and regions, are receiving about $1 billion in grants to purchase about 2500 “clean” school buses.
The Biden government is providing grants as part of a broader effort to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles and reduce air pollution near schools and communities.
Vice President Camara Harris and Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael Reagan announced the sponsorship award in Seattle on Wednesday. They said that the new electric school bus will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and better protect children’s health.
Harris said that as many as 25 million children take the yellow school bus to school every day, they will have a healthier future and a cleaner fleet.
“We have seen the impact of extreme weather all over the country and the world,” she said. “What we are announcing today is our country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in our economy… a step forward for them and save our planet.”
Last year, only about 1% of the country’s 480000 school buses were electric, but in recent years, efforts to abandon traditional diesel buses have gained momentum. The newly purchased funds can be obtained according to the federal clean school bus plan, including $5 billion provided by the bipartisan infrastructure legislation signed by President Biden last year.
Reagan said that the clean bus plan “is accelerating the transition of our country to low emission and electric school buses, while ensuring that our children have a brighter and healthier future.”
The EPA initially provided US $500 million for clean buses in May, but increased to US $965 million last month to meet what officials said was the huge demand for electric buses. A further US $1 billion will be awarded in the budget year beginning on October 1.
The Environmental Protection Agency said that it had received about 2000 applications to provide nearly $4 billion for more than 12000 buses, most of which were electric buses. The Environmental Protection Agency said that it had accepted about 389 applications, valued at 913 million dollars, and supported the purchase of 2463 buses, 95% of which would be electric vehicles. The rest of the buses will operate with compressed natural gas or propane gas.
The White House said that the school districts identified as the priority service areas for low-income, rural or tribal students accounted for 99% of the selected projects. More applications are under review, and the Environmental Protection Agency plans to select more winners in the next few weeks to receive a full bonus of $965 million.
These counties will receive funds from Langer, Alaska, to Aniston, Alabama, and Teton County, Wyoming, to Witt County, West Virginia. In addition to the District of Columbia, the major cities that have won funds for clean school buses include New York, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Mitch Landrieu, a White House consultant, said that he expected to deliver more buses at the beginning of next year, and the rest of the buses might be put into use by the end of 2023. This year, it spent $1 billion, plus another $4 billion that Biden used Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans, to supervise large-scale infrastructure legislation spending, He said that it was expected that the domestic production boom of electric school buses should “accelerate” in the next four years.
Landrio said in an interview: “These buses will be made in the United States – real jobs, real wages.”. “We will increase the output of the country.”
The Environment and Public Health Organization welcomed the announcement, which had been advocating the replacement of diesel buses with cleaner alternatives for many years.
Molly Rauch is director of public health policy at Moms Clean Air Force. “It is meaningless for our children to go to school by bus. The bus will pollute the brain, lung, cancer and climate,” said an environmental protection organization.