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Biden says US is spending billions to make military vehicles ‘climate friendly’

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President Biden said Friday his administration is working to make “every vehicle” in the US military “climate-friendly.”

The president, delivering Earth Day remarks from Seward Park in Seattle, Washington, discussed his administration’s efforts to address climate change and called on Congress to act.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy, health care and energy costs for families, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington, U.S. April 22, 2022.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

“One of the things I’ve discovered as president of the United States is that I can spend a lot of money,” Biden said. “We’re going to start the process where every vehicle in the U.S. military, every vehicle, will be climate-friendly — every vehicle — I think so.”

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He added: “We spend billions of dollars doing it.”

US President Joe Biden hugs Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman Teri Gobin, who wears a traditional Native American hat, as he gives her the pen he used to sign an executive order intended to be an ancient forest conservation initiative on the federal lands, after delivering remarks on climate change and national forest protection on Earth Day, at Seward Park in Seattle, Washington, U.S. April 22, 2022.
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The president said the transition “is going to matter.”

Biden last month announced his proposed $5.8 trillion budget for 2023, which he said called for one of the “biggest investments in our national security in history,” including a funding to ensure the U.S. military “remains the best-prepared, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world.”

The budget proposes $773 billion for the Department of Defense.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy, health care and energy costs for families, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington, U.S. April 22, 2022.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy, health care and energy costs for families, at Green River College in Auburn, Washington, U.S. April 22, 2022.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

It’s unclear what steps the Biden administration is taking to upgrade US military vehicles from their current status to “climate friendly.”

Meanwhile, the president also said he met with leaders from the US auto industry, announcing they had reached agreement on an “ambitious goal” of having 50% electric vehicle sales by 2030.

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“That’s the commitment they made,” he said. “I didn’t do it for them, they did it because they realized what the future is.”

“You know, my view of this crisis, as I said, is a real opportunity, an opportunity to do things that we wanted to do that are only becoming so obvious now,” Biden said.

As for legislation to address climate change, the president reported to Congress, “You know, my pen is ready. My pen is ready to sign. I can’t wait to sign this. Bring some of these bills on my desk.”

US President Joe Biden signs an executive order intended to be an initiative to conserve old-growth forests on federal lands, after delivering remarks on climate change and national forest protection on Earth Day, at Seward Park in Seattle, Washington, USA, April 22, 2022.

US President Joe Biden signs an executive order intended to be an initiative to conserve old-growth forests on federal lands, after delivering remarks on climate change and national forest protection on Earth Day, at Seward Park in Seattle, Washington, USA, April 22, 2022.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

“We need to act quickly,” Biden said as he signed an executive order Friday strengthening forest conservation on federal lands. “With this Executive Order on Earth Day, we are also showing that this moment of maximum threat and urgency can also be a moment of enormous hope, of enormous opportunity.”

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“You know we know we carry in our hearts and minds the image of the perfect place, the right place, the one true home,” the president said. “I just think it’s the start of a new day and we’re going to have to get past the opposition.”

He added: “I really mean it.”

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