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In a groundbreaking move, the Biden administration has issued a directive aimed at making Climate change a central consideration in federal agencies’ purchasing decisions. This directive marks a historic shift, with the federal government now factoring in the economic consequences of climate change when selecting vehicles, equipment, and products for various sectors, ranging from agriculture to healthcare to defense.
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The significance of this directive cannot be overstated, as the U.S. government stands as the world’s largest consumer of goods and services, with an annual expenditure of approximately $600 billion. The impact of this change could lead to a transition from gasoline-powered vehicles to all-electric ones within the government’s extensive fleet of cars and trucks. It might also result in a redirection of government grants and even influence the fate of major construction projects.
This whole-of-government approach, as termed by Richard Revesz, President Biden’s regulatory chief, represents a pivotal moment in evaluating the environmental consequences of government actions. This initiative, driven by a focus on cost-benefit analysis, strives to protect both human health and the environment simultaneously.
Critics have expressed concerns that this shift could adversely affect the fossil fuel industry. However, the move toward renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, as well as electric vehicles, aligns with broader efforts to combat climate change and promote a greener, more sustainable future.
One key aspect of this directive is the use of the “social cost of carbon” metric, which quantifies the economic harm caused by one ton of carbon dioxide pollution. Under the Biden administration, this metric was adjusted for inflation and set at $51 per ton, with expectations of it increasing to around $190 per ton. This change could significantly impact regulatory and procurement decisions.
For instance, the approval of the Willow Project, an $8 billion oil drilling endeavor in Alaska, estimated to emit approximately 9.2 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, could be influenced by this new metric. Depending on the cost of carbon used, the economic damage estimate could range from $469 million to $1.7 billion per year, potentially shaping the government’s decision on whether to permit such projects.
While this directive is not legally binding and may encounter legal and logistical challenges, it reflects a commitment to integrating Climate change considerations into government decision-making. Over time, the goal is for this approach to become a lasting fixture in the federal government, ensuring a sustainable and environmentally responsible future for generations to come.
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