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Joe Biden Administration Talking To Automakers About Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden has wasted no time signing executive orders since he took office two weeks ago, including one that directs the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement – a move praised by Ford. Biden’s focus on reducing emissions, promoting EV adoption, and improving infrastructure also promises to have a major impact on the way automakers do business, including Ford.

Now, Joe Biden and his administration have started discussions with automakers about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, White House domestic climate change adviser Gina McCarthy told Reuters. The talks are part of a broader effort to compel the entire U.S. power sector to become carbon neutral by 2035, with the entire economy following suit by 2050. Currently, Ford is planning on achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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“We’re already having conversations with the utility world and we’re having conversations with the car companies,” McCarthy said. “The car companies understand now that the future for them is electric vehicles … so we’re going to be sort of working to make sure that we move forward with some kind of an agreement on that and a strategy to get us out of the gate fast.”

The White House has already met with several major automakers including General Motors, which recently said that it would aim to sell only electric vehicles by 2035.

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Ford seems poised to embrace these efforts after its public support of the Paris Climate Agreement and also recently urged other automakers to back California’s more stringent emissions standards. In the meantime, the automaker is working on revamping its lineup and adding more EVs, beginning with the Ford Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit, with a future model built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform on the way as well.

We’ll have more on the ever-changing future of the auto industry soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Liberalism is a mental disorder. Did you ever notice that anything “climate friendly” or “carbon neutral” typically costs much more than the contemporary alternatives? Nobody is dying from cars polluting the air. Thanks for “electing” an idiot, my fellow Americans.

  2. Sticking to the topic of the evolution of the automobile, I believe alot of manufacturers are putting the proverbial cart before the horse. Climate change and global warming are a real and present danger to the future of life here on earth which is something I think at this point we can all agree on. Automobiles to contribute to alot of the issue but the truth is everything we do contributes to global warming because of our heavy reliance on fossil fuels and the carbon footprint is creates. While I do believe that electrification is the future, I believe it is only a part of the future and not the total solution. Until we can fully figure out how to power electric cars without the use of lithium ion batteries, I feel like hybridization would be the best plan of action for the foreseeable future when it comes to vehicles. I do agree that the United States, along with the rest of the world, needs to cut back on it’s carbon footprint, however there is another place that the US could, and should focus that energy for a moment. Residential and Commercial buildings. Converting the entire US power grid over to Solar, Wind and hydroelectricity would initially cost a bit of money but over 10-15 years would more than pay for itself along with reducing the carbon footprint by converting all homes to electricity provided by natural resources that don’t require the use of oil and other fossil fuels. Doing that along with solar powered commercial buildings or buildings that use a combination of solar and wind power or if the city is near water, have the city powered by a combination of all three energy sources, water, air & sun. Get rid of off shore drilling and convert those sites to off shore wind farming. Once those things are in place then your can move to addressing the impact that the auto industry has and yes, electrification can help in a major way. Fleet vehicles should move to electric and hydrogen cell vehicles 100%. Get rid of Diesel trucks completely and limit the sale of HD Vehicles to general civilians because 88% of people who have a diesel don’t really need it. Obviously you can’t leave a void in the market but GM has addressed that with the Hummer. Once you have that, then you can figure out vehicle charging and how to place charging systems in urban areas (mall/shopping center parking lots) and that sort of stuff. This brings me to another point, Biofuel hybrids. There are so many ways to be regenerative with a hybrid and with a Biofuel internal combustion engine or even a Hydrogen Cell Hybrid you shrink the carbon footprint down alot. Have inline 4,5 & 6 cylinder, forced induction biofuel ICE/Hybrid powertrains which would make alot of sense. Of course electric will still run the streets but this helps keep consumers and investors happy.

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