Biden’s Green Pie in the Sky

President Joe Biden participates in a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House, April 22, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
The president’s climate goals face insuperable obstacles — and the administration isn’t discussing any of them.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE Y esterday, President Biden unveiled his American Families Plan before a joint session of Congress. Together with the rest of his infrastructure plan, it represents a warm embrace of the Green New Deal’s approach: heavy on government social programs, vague on climate change. Though the American Families Plan doesn’t mention climate or clean energy, Biden pledged in his speech to reduce America’s carbon emissions.

Specifically, the administration is gearing up to propose a new Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard, with a new goal of achieving zero carbon emissions from electricity by 2035. The name harkens back to Obama’s Clean Power Plan,

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a research associate professor and the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program at Florida International University and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was the associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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