The wife of a top aide to President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden is involved in a group that views climate change as a national security threat and is pushing for a transition to electric vehicles as part of its efforts, Fox News Digital found.
David Wade, chief of staff to Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry and husband of Elizabeth Alexander, deputy assistant to President Biden and spokesman for Jill Biden, is involved with the Washington, D.C.-based American Security Project (ASP). Which views “climate security” as a crucial element in its endeavours.
While Alexander advises President Biden, who has directed his administration to aggressively push electric vehicles as part of its broader climate change agenda, Wade is assisting ASP in similar endeavors from a national security-focused standpoint as a member of its board of directors.
ASP’s tax filings show the group also paid Wade’s clean energy consulting firm, Greenlight Strategies LLC, $11,000 last year. An ASP spokesperson told Fox News Digital that his company was paid to participate in a project intended to “provide a forum for bipartisan discussion of climate change and its threats to national security within the framework of a limited liability company.”
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“We see climate accelerating instability in vulnerable areas. We can see its impact on agriculture and food supplies, even here in the United States,” the Asia-Pacific spokesperson said. “Our military is concerned because it is often the first to be sent to address instability. U.S. military bases around the world, including here in the United States, are being affected by climate change, as we could see in sea level rise.”
Overall, ASP has supported the comprehensive transition to electric vehicles as part of its efforts to address climate change in the national security arena.
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In a fact sheet issued by the Asia-Pacific Association last year, the group said that “widespread adoption” of such vehicles “will keep the United States safer by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and gas, and reducing financial incentives for petro-authoritarian regimes like Russia.”
The document also stated that transportation accounts for 29% of national greenhouse gas emissions, making it “an important sector in achieving net-zero national climate goals, enhancing both energy and national security” while noting the Biden administration’s goal of “turning half of energy to zero.” American cars will be electric by 2030.”
White House spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital: “President Biden has warned for decades that climate change poses a national security threat — in agreement with experts across the political spectrum like Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis. The president is proud of that.” . Fulfilling his campaign promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and lower energy costs for Americans by confronting the climate crisis, including by ensuring that the United States wins the global competition to manufacture electric vehicles.
Shortly after taking office in 2021, Biden issued a goal of ensuring that 50% of all domestic vehicle purchases are electric by 2030, a first of its kind that was welcomed by green energy industry groups and climate advocates. Since then, the administration has pursued several regulations that, while not explicitly mandating electric vehicles, would create strong financial incentives for manufacturers to produce more carbon-free options and for consumers to switch to those options.
In December 2022, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) It established final rules targeting heavy trucks that it said at the time were “the strongest national clean air standards ever to reduce smog-forming and soot-forming emissions” from such vehicles. The new standards took effect on March 27 and will apply to new trucks sold after 2027.
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In April, the EPA proposed The most aggressive of federal exhaust emissions Rules for light and medium emissions have never been established. If finalized and implemented, 67% of new sedan, crossover, SUV, and light truck purchases, up to 50% of bus and garbage truck purchases, 35% of short-range freight tractor purchases, and 25% of long-range freight tractor purchases It could be electric by 2032, the White House predicts.
Months later, in July, the Ministry of Transport announced National Highway Traffic Safety Administration The company has issued its most aggressive fuel economy standards ever, a move critics say will increase consumer costs.
Last year, the EPA also restored California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to implement its own emissions standards and electric vehicle sales mandates, allowing other states to also adopt California’s rules. The state at that time Approved regulations imposed All car purchases in the state, which leads the country in annual car sales, will be electric by 2035.
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However, the electric vehicle industry has faced significant headwinds related to both rising costs associated with manufacturing and consumer hesitation about switching from gas-powered vehicles.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the federal government supports electric vehicles to an even greater extent than wind and solar electricity generation and is embarking on an unprecedented effort to reshape the entire American auto industry,” a recent Texas Public Policy Foundation report concluded.
“Despite these huge incentives, electric vehicles are receiving a lukewarm response from a majority of Americans who cannot afford their high cost.
“It is time for federal and state governments to stop pushing the U.S. auto industry over the economic cliff and let markets drive further improvements in cost and efficiency.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to Wade for comment.