US Department of Defense
Joe Biden’s new infrastructure plan will spend billions on the Pentagon. However, this will not be for national security purposes, but to make it greener.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Ray Mabus, a former Navy secretary and climate change advocate, said the Department of Defense could lead the way on environmental policies for years to come.
“Moving off fossil fuels into renewables will have first just the direct effect of reducing the carbon footprint dramatically,” Mabus told Politico. “Where the military goes, the civilian world often follows,” he added, noting that electric vehicles “could catalyze an industry that will have those impacts more widely.”
Mabus oversaw the Navy’s first attempt at transitioning to renewable energy by incorporating biofuel into the fleet, a plan which raised costs at the expense of readiness and was relentlessly attacked by congressional Republicans as wasteful.
Critics told the Washington Free Beacon in November that if Biden’s Pentagon leans hard into green policies, it could harm national security. Many of America’s most important forward positions face a readiness problem, and simulations project U.S. forces losing in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
Republican Rob Whittman(R – Va.) claimed that the Biden administration is failing to strengthen the current pentagon against the Chinese threat and is instead focusing on green technology.