September 30, 2022

Biden signs executive order for federal government to invest in ‘green’ initiatives

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday that committed millions of taxpayer dollars to a fleet of electric vehicles and making federal buildings carbon-emission free by 2050.

The order also called for five key climate goals of the federal government:

  • 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) by 2030, at least half of which will be locally supplied clean energy to meet 24/7 demand;
  • 100 percent zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) acquisitions by 2035, including 100 percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027;
  • Net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, including a Buy Clean policy to promote use of construction materials with lower embodied emissions;
  • A net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, including a 50 percent emissions reduction by 2032; and
  • Net-zero emissions from overall federal operations by 2050, including a 65 percent emissions reduction by 2030.

“The executive order will reduce emissions across federal operations, invest in American clean energy industries and manufacturing, and create clean, healthy, and resilient communities,” the White House said.

Biden claimed the order will achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The order may be an ambitious climate move, but many wonder if reaching the goals will be realistic enough to happen.




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