Ipse Dixit

Joe Xiden has signed an so-called Executive Order on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability requiring government agencies to do some difficult, if not impossible, things. For example,

Through a coordinated whole-of-government approach, the Federal Government shall use its scale and procurement power to achieve:

(ii)   100 percent zero-emission vehicle acquisitions by 2035, including 100 percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027 …

Really? I wonder what a zero-emission replacement for the M1 Abrams tank would be like. Oh, look. I’m not the only one who thought of that. As we get toward the end of the rather long document, we find this.

Sec. 602. Exemption Authority.  …
(b)  The head of an agency may exempt from the provisions of this order any vehicle, vessel, aircraft, or non-road equipment that is used in combat support, combat service support, military tactical or relief operations, or training for such operations or spaceflight vehicles, including associated ground-support equipment.

So when something like Air Force One or the The Beast (the President’s limo) has to work, a carbon-emitting power system can be used.

The order also requires moving to carbon-free or carbon-neutral buildings and electric power generation. While in mentions nuclear power in passing, the clear emphasis is on less reliable sources such as wind and solar; solar is especially unreliable at night. Even if the power grid can be restructured around such sources, most non-electric light sources are carbon-emitters. (Q: What did the socialist use before candles? A: Electricity)

Is it 2025 yet?

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