Biden signs executive order for federal government to reach net-zero emissions by 2050
Biden framed the order as a way for the federal government to set an example on energy transitions
President Biden signed an executive order aimed at overhauling the federal government's procurement and operations in order to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Wednesday's order came as part of a broader agenda to transform the nation's energy infrastructure and "build back better."
The plan mandates 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030, 100% zero-emission vehicle acquisitions by 2035, net-zero emissions in federal procurement by 2050, a net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, and net-zero emissions for overall federal operations by 2050.
Those last two included steep cuts in emissions – 50% by 2032 for buildings and 65% by 2030 for operations.
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The order is intended to set the federal government up as an example for others to follow.
"As the single largest land owner, energy consumer and employer in the nation, the federal government can catalyze private sector investment and expand the economy and American industry by transforming how we build, buy and manage electricity, vehicles, buildings, and other operations to be clean and sustainable," the order states.
Biden's energy and climate agenda has encountered resistance from lawmakers like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Republicans like Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va. Both represent one of the top coal-producing states in the country.
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"President Joe Biden needs to stop moving the goal post in a game America is already winning," Miller said in a statement to Fox News Thursday. "Yesterday's executive order, which is the latest example of his counterproductive energy policies, will stifle innovation, threaten U.S. energy security and cause prices to skyrocket."
"Instead of kneecapping our domestic energy industry," she added, "President Biden should focus on policies that bolster domestic production, create jobs and build upon America's success as a leading energy producer."