Biden plans to use federal government purchasing power to go green

President-elect Joe Biden will have an influential tool at his disposal to boost clean energy technologies and slash carbon emissions: the purchasing power of the federal government.

In his campaign climate plans, Biden promised to use the federal government’s $500 billion-per-year purchasing power to “drive toward 100 percent clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles.”

Biden has also pledged to expand federal procurement even further, by an additional $400 billion over his four-year term. A major focus of that increase, his climate plan says, would be to buy technologies such as batteries and electric vehicles “that will help position the U.S. as the world’s clean energy leader.”

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