Note to those in the clean energy business: Joe Biden is working overtime to send you kisses in the mail.
Biden and company have been moving since June to use the Defense Production Act to boost production of solar, electric grid, heat pump and other technologies. On Monday, the plan got some juice.
The Department of Energy is issuing a formal request for information, asking the public how to best use the law, according to a press release previously shared with The Hill.
The purpose of the Defense Production Act is to authorize the President to mobilize certain industries to advance national security. Under this law, the president can prioritize contracts for certain types of products and use financial incentives to increase manufacturing capacity.
Translation: Cha Ching.
Biden has invoked the act before — he has used it to support the rapid development of COVID vaccines and to speed up the production of American-made infant formula amid severe shortages across the country.
In both cases, the need was great and demonstrable.
But clean energy has been on Biden’s wish list since his presidential campaign — there’s no sudden shortage that would warrant such action.
People aren’t clamoring for solar panels and heat pumps—but they want and need heating oil for the winter, and gas to fuel the cars they drive now.
The Biden administration may hate fossil fuels, but they are what people use today. When considering the energy situation in America, winter should come before freezing or draining family finances to fill the tank.
No such luck.
“The Defense Production Act provides us with an important tool to make targeted investments in critical technology areas that will ensure the reliability of the power grid and our pursuit of a clean energy future,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement. are necessary for.”
“DOE is eager to continue to hear the views of industry, labor, environmental, energy justice, and state, local and tribal stakeholders on how we can best use this powerful new authority to address the energy workforce and climate change.” can use the technologies needed to help,” he added.
The department is targeting information on technology supply chain challenges, among other issues.
We already have supply chain challenges that need help – particularly in the food industry.
As CNet reported, some grocery store staples are in short supply, like tomatoes, tampons and Halloween candy. And the situation is expected to worsen this winter.
On the list of items with higher prices and lower prices: bread, ketchup, popcorn, pet food, turkey, mustard and butter. We have milk production and labor shortages to thank for the butter problem, the Wall Street Journal reported. Its price has already increased by 24.6% since last year.
It calls for executive action.
At best, Biden is taking the long view on energy, which is fine if you have a solid short-term plan. But invoking the Defense Production Act for clean energy will do nothing to increase production of the fossil fuels Americans depend on today.