A new program launched by the Biden administration on Friday will hire 1,000 Americans to help expand the country\u0026#039;s clean energy infrastructure, a step the White House says is \u0022critical to achieving the president\u0026#039;s goal of 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035.\u0022\r\n\r\nWorkers in the Clean Energy Corps will work in areas including engineering, physical science, legislative affairs, and contract management and will work on large-scale projects including the administration\u0026#039;s Building a Better Grid initiative.\r\n\r\nThat project, using funds allocated by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which passed last year, will deploy new transmission lines to send solar and wind power to communities across the country and make the energy grid more \u0022safe, reliable, and resilient\u0022 to extreme weather events.\r\n\r\n\u0022It\u0026#039;s truly a remarkable time to be at the Department of Energy as we set off to implement the historic $62 billion in clean energy investments,\u0022 said Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. \u0022The launch of our Clean Energy Corps is the latest definitive step along our path to making transformational changes to America\u0026#039;s energy sector and ensuring a clean energy future for all. We\u0026#039;re calling on people of all backgrounds and career levels who understand the urgency of tackling climate change now, and are eager to join the team that is best positioned to do so.\u0022\r\n\r\nRep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) called the creation of the corps \u0022a great step\u0022 toward expanding the use of renewable energy and significantly reducing the country\u0026#039;s carbon emissions.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe administration announced the Clean Energy Corps as negotiations over the Build Back Better Act are stalled. If passed, the legislation would invest $15 billion in a Civilian Climate Corps, which would hire 1.5 million people to help communities across the country become more resilient to the climate emergency.\r\n\r\nThe creation of the Clean Energy Corps represents the largest expansion of the DOE\u0026#039;s workforce in nearly half a century. The department is looking to hire \u0022first-time job seekers, executives, and everyone in between\u0022 via its new hiring portal.\r\n\r\nThe Build Back Better Act would expand on the DOE\u0026#039;s new jobs program \u0022exponentially,\u0022 said Evan Weber, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, which has pushed for the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe DOE\u0026#039;s initiative comes on the heels of the White House\u0026#039;s announcement this week of several plans to strengthen wind power infrastructure and review the use of public lands for clean energy.