Biden promises eco-friendly US military — Analysis

The US president says he’ll spend billions to turn the world’s largest armed forces green

US President Joe Biden has announced a “Process” is underway to make every vehicle in the country’s massive military “Klima-friendly,” adding that “we’re spending billions of dollars to do it” during an Earth Day celebration on Friday.

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While the president was present in Seattle, he used Seward Park’s speech to highlight his green achievements. But while the Pentagon is in the process of developing a supposedly “zero emissions” plan for non-tactical fleets, due in 2035, there is no project currently underway to convert all of the vehicles of the world’s most expensive military from fossil fuels to electric.

Such an overhaul would require any potential theater of war to have extensive charging infrastructure for the fleet of electric vehicles, something that simply isn’t possible in most of the countries where the US has bases. The flammability of current models of electric vehicle batteries would also work against a “climate-friendly” military, making the US vehicles much easier to destroy with a well-aimed shot to the battery. 

While Biden admitted he had a vintage Corvette that “It does not do anything but pollute air,” he took care to qualify the statement by claiming he didn’t drive it “Thank you very much.” 

The president didn’t stop at his ambitions to make the military green but also boasted that he had “It was clear that [his]Friends up in Nantucket or that region” that they were to drop their objections to offshore wind farms planned for the Martha’s Vineyard area. “I don’t want to hear anymore about you don’t like looking at [wind turbines]. They’re pretty,” he claims to have told his wealthy pals. Former president and Biden’s former boss Barack Obama and his wife have a home on Martha’s Vineyard.

Since he ran for the 2020 presidential election, Biden has been criticized by climate activists. Many doubt that Biden’s history of supporting the industry has led to any change in his attitude towards the environment.

Biden campaign accused of plagiarizing portions of 2020 climate plan.

The green crusaders he has attracted are angered by his decision to open federal lands earlier in the month for oil and natural gas leases.

Biden’s administration requested $773 billion for the Pentagon for fiscal 2023. As massive as this figure may seem, it represents just a 4% increase from last year’s supersized defense budget. It’s unclear what portion of the budget funds requested are earmarked for green initiatives.

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