President Joe Biden has made his latest decree as part of an ambitious climate change agenda.
The action argued that the nation is facing “broad exposure to the mounting risks and costs already posed by the climate crisis.”
“A whole-of-government approach”
In response to that perceived threat, the White House called on the federal government “to lead by example in order to achieve a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050.”
The lofty goal can only be achieved via “a whole-of-government approach” involving “innovation and environmental stewardship,” the president decreed.
Biden’s order went on to claim that such action will “protect our planet, safeguard Federal investments against the effects of climate change, respond to the needs of all of America’s communities, and expand American technologies, industries, and jobs.”
Among the specific actions enumerated in the executive action is a requirement for federal government entities to obtain “zero-emission vehicles” by 2035.
“Soaking up electricity”
The order calls for carbon emissions from federal buildings to be cut in half by 2032 and brought down to zero by 2045. Exceptions are included, however, for military equipment and vehicles designed for space flight.
Although Biden and other climate change activists call for increased use of electric vehicles, reports indicate that such a transition would likely boost the use of coal.
As one industry insider explained, the new automotive technology “will be soaking up electricity,” thus increasing the demand for coal-powered plants to ramp up energy output.
Of course, many power plants have begun switching to cleaner-burning natural gas. The Biden administration has imposed strict limits on hydraulic fracturings, however, which makes it more difficult to extract such energy sources.
Since taking office, the president has also moved to scale back the number of leases approved for new natural gas drilling operations on federal land. Although Biden declared earlier this year that he had no plans to ban fracking outright, it seems clear that he wants to make it an increasingly difficult mode of domestic energy production.