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Thanu Yakupitiyage, Responds to Biden Plan to Make Federal Government Carbon Neutral by 2050


The Biden Administration is announcing today that it aims to spend billions to make federal vehicles electric, upgrade federal buildings, and change how the government buys electricity. President Biden will sign an executive order today to cut the government's carbon emissions by 65 percent by the end of the decade. The goal is to put the federal government on a path to "net zero emissions by 2050."

On this latest news, Brooke Harper, 350 U.S. Campaign Manager said:

"We recognize and appreciate President Biden's effort; it is imperative that the federal government set an example for a clean energy future and transitioning federal vehicles, buildings, and energy sources is an important step. However, we need to see consistency in Biden's climate efforts on all fronts if he is to be a "Climate President." Biden cannot make an announcement like this and also reopen oil and gas leasing, nor approve more oil and gas permits on federal lands. That's taking one step forward and two steps back.

"Biden also has the opportunity to nominate climate champions to the U.S. Federal Reserve, a body that helps steer the economy and can do so by moving away from high-risk fossil fuel investments. President Biden must steer the U.S. government and financial institutions away from fossil fuels altogether; this is the ultimate step towards a livable and just future."

350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis. We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.