President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that will make the federal government carbon neutral by 2050. This will mean an 85% reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions of planet-warming in 2030 and an entirely electric fleet of trucks and cars five years later. On Wednesday, December, President Joe Biden talks with reporters at the White House in Washington. 8, 2021, during the snowy weather, before he travels to Missouri to push for a bipartisan infrastructure law. By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
On Wednesday, WASHINGTON (AP) — president Joe Biden signed an executive decree to ensure that the federal government is carbon neutral in 2050. Biden aims to reduce 65% in greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change in 2030 and an all-electric fleet of trucks and cars five years after.
The White House said the order illustrates how the government can “leverage its scale and procurement power to lead by example in tackling the climate crisis.” The order will cut emissions across federal activities in the effort of the entire government to tackle climate change.
“As the largest landowner, energy consumer as well as an employer of the country, the federal government can encourage private sector investment and help expand both the American economy as well as American industry by changing how we construct, purchase and manage electric vehicles, electricity buildings, and other activities to be sustainable and clean according to the order said. It stipulates that all federal buildings be powered by all-carbon-free electricity by 2030 and to ensure that it is required that the U.S. fleet of cars and trucks switch to electric power by 2035 and federal contracts for the purchase of goods and services should be carbon-free by 2050.
Government buildings must become carbon neutral by 2045. This includes the reduction of 50% in emissions in 2032,” Biden said. The Executive action part of Biden’s plan to promote the development of clean technologies and clean energy and accelerate U.S. progress toward achieving the goal of a clean and green electricity sector in 2035, the White House said in a statement.
In the executive decree, the government will transform its portfolio of buildings comprising 300,000, a fleet of 600,000 vehicles and trucks, and an annual buying capacity of $650 billion of products and services to reach net-zero emissions within the next three years, according to the White House said.
“The United States government will set the example by providing the foundation needed for American companies to compete and succeed globally within the green energy sector while also creating high-paying union jobs here at home in the United States,” the statement stated.
Environmental groups generally praised the ruling as a positive move. However, some critics questioned the 30 years for achieving net-zero emissions.
The order establishes “a bold benchmark for electricity procurement” and will put on the table administration’s “immense buying power to work advancing critical carbon-free technologies,” said Lindsey Baxter Griffith, federal policy director of the Clean Air Task Force, an advocacy group.
“We’re happy to witness that the U.S. federal government, which is the biggest electricity buyer in the country, concentrate on completely energy efficiency and decarbonization (and) invest in technologies that operate across our grid every moment of every day,” Griffith added.
However, to Bill Snape, a lawyer at the Center for Biological Diversity, another environmental organization, “2050 is an extremely weak goal for the federal government to free itself from climate-heating pollution.”
The decree “ignores existing technology” and is a step in the direction of a pledge made by the General Services Administration, which supervises purchasing for the government as well as real estate to shift towards 100 renewable energy in 2025, said Snape.
“This is similar to a teenager who promises to clean their house after 30 years. It’s time to act right now,” He stated.
The White House said the order would make federal agencies better able to withstand the impacts of climate change and also increase the durability of the supply chain while minimizing potential disruptions to and damage to federal assets, operations, and programs.
Concerning electricity on electricity, the White House said the government will collaborate with developers, utilities, technology companies, financiers, and others to purchase electricity from sources that don’t produce carbon emissions, such as wind and solar power and all of its activities until 2030.
The transition to zero-emission vehicles “will increase the development of America’s manufacturing capacity to produce zero-emission vehicles and electric vehicle batteries as well as provide and sustain decent union jobs in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, and skilled trades according to the White House said.
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