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As Congress begins to consider legislation to invest in infrastructure and mitigate the impacts of climate change, electric cooperatives have a track record of leveraging the community power of co-ops to invest in change. The Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) is one model that improves
NCBA CLUSA working to influence infrastructure policy.
Cooperatives are key to inclusive, resilient infrastructure policy
As the White House and Congress consider infrastructure policy, they should look to cooperatives as one of the key strategies to increase economic opportunity, resilience in the face of climate change, and racial equity. Cooperatives feature a unique business model that has gone to scale and helped transform sectors and communities across the U.S. Fully one out of three people in the U.S. are members of at least one cooperative, including more than 100 million credit unions members, nearly 20 million households and businesses powered by rural electric cooperatives, and the majority of the nation’s 1.9 million farmers.
Because of their structure, cooperatives are more likely to deliver outcomes that reflect the values and needs of their communities—whether they suffer from historical discrimination, face heightened risk from climate change, or confront generations of disinvestment.
As people look to address today’s generational challenges of inequality, racial inequity and climate change, it is time to once again focus on how cooperatives are a preferred strategy. This is because cooperatives are owned and controlled by, and benefit the people who use these businesses. In other words, community members who are rooted in their local economy are in the driver’s seat—not outside investors and anonymous corporate executives. Because of this structure, cooperatives are more likely to deliver outcomes that reflect the values and needs of their communities—whether they suffer from historical discrimination, face heightened risk from climate change, or confront generations of disinvestment.
DOUG O’BRIEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, NCBA CLUSA.
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