Government agencies urged to cut emissions – Grist

It’s Friday, December 10, and the Biden administration is pushing the United States to be carbon neutral by 2050.

America’s largest landowner, energy consumer and employer is doubling down on its climate commitment.

An executive order signed Wednesday by President Joe Biden directed federal agencies to reduce emissions from their operations to address the escalating climate crisis, with the goal of making the federal government carbon neutral by 2050. Through a series of detailed and far-reaching proposals touching everything from the government’s fleet of vehicles to its electricity generation, the directive aims to reinforce the president’s current commitment to achieve net-zero emissions for the entire government. US economy by 2050.

“We will lead by example to the world by transforming the way we build, buy and manage to help make our economy cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable,” Biden said in the introduction to a 68-page document detailing the Federal Plan for Sustainable Development.

Biden’s order sets several interim goals for the federal government, including a 65% reduction in climate pollution from federal operations by the end of the decade. According to a White House fact sheet, the government will also buy half of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2030, halve emissions from its buildings by 2032 and buy only vehicles. to zero emissions from 2035.

Republican lawmakers were quick to criticize the new plan as a “gruesome move to build greater bureaucracy,” while some climate organizations argued it should have gone further by prohibit the extraction of fossil fuels on public landsSenator Tom Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, hailed the effort as a step toward the United States’ contribution to climate change. said in a statement, adding that the federal government should also pass the Build Back Better Act to help states implement their own climate plans.

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