(TargetLiberty.org) – President Joe Biden has made slowing climate change one of his administration’s top priorities. Recently, he signed an executive order to reduce the carbon footprint of the US government.
On December 8, President Biden signed the directive to leverage the government’s buying power to move the country toward a clean energy future. The White House explained that the president is hoping to lead by example when it comes to the fight against climate change. The executive order will require the federal government to:
- Use 100% clean electricity by 2030;
- Purchase only light-duty, zero-emission vehicles by 2027 and all vehicles must meet those standards by 2035;
- Achieve a net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, including a 50% reduction by 2032;
- Implement a Buy Clean policy to promote the purchase and use of construction materials with lower emissions; and,
- Reach net-zero emissions for federal operations by 2050, including a 65% emissions reduction by 2030.
Today, we released a Federal Sustainability Plan, an ambitious strategy to make the federal gov a clean energy leader:
100% carbon-free power by 2030
100% zero-emission vehicles by 2035
Net-zero buildings by 2045
65% emissions ↓ from overall ops by 2030https://t.co/gfzEeuFkqJ
— Brian Deese (@BrianDeeseNEC) December 8, 2021
According to the New York Post, environmentalists don’t think the president’s order goes far enough. They think that another eight years at the current level will devastate the Earth. The administration will likely face opposition from lawmakers in coal country, like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), because it could lead to fewer jobs in the industry.
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