Joe Biden directs US federal government to become carbon neutral by 2050

US President Joe Biden’s executive order will reduce emissions in federal operations. (file)


President Joe Biden is to sign an order Wednesday to make the federal government carbon neutral by 2050 through clean-energy initiatives including electric vehicles and eco-friendly buildings.

The executive order, announced by the White House, directs the government to replace its fleet of gas-guzzling vehicles with electric cars and trucks by 2035 and ensure that federal buildings are carbon-free by 2045.

“The president is building on his entire government effort to tackle the climate crisis in a way that creates well-paying jobs, grows industry, and makes the country more economically competitive,” the Biden administration said in a statement.

The potential impact of the order can hardly be overestimated. The government owns or leases approximately 300,000 buildings of all ages, and operates a fleet of 600,000 vehicles.

The goal is to achieve a 65 percent reduction in planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions within a decade, the latest of several initiatives announced by the president to limit the country’s environmental impact.

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

The reforms will help Biden honor his pledge to world leaders to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by more than half at a United Nations gathering in Glasgow last month.

Biden signed a comprehensive infrastructure package last month, including $7.5 billion for a network of electric vehicle chargers, and Congress is negotiating an even bigger social welfare bill that would raise $500 to fight climate change. will provide more than a billion.

The White House said a “clean buy” program would prioritize products made and shipped with low greenhouse gas emissions.

But the proposals are likely to be met with opposition from business groups and Republican lawmakers who generally oppose federal measures to curb climate change.

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