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Joe Biden President Joe Biden is set to use the Defense Production Act to promote the use of clean energy.
The Defense Production Act — passed in 1950 under President Harry Truman — lets the commander-in-chief use emergency powers to promote the manufacturing of key materials needed for civil defense. As Yale University scholar June Rhee noted , the law allows the president to “compel the private sector to work with the government.” President Donald Trump, for instance, used the statute to produce protective equipment in response to the spread of COVID-19.
A statement from the White House argues that the Defense Production Act is needed for “critical materials to bolster our clean energy economy by reducing our reliance on China and other countries for the minerals and materials that will power our clean energy future.”
“The DPA will be authorized to support the production and processing of minerals and materials used for large capacity batteries — such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite, and manganese — and the Department of Defense will implement this authority using strong environmental, labor, community, and tribal consultation standards,” the statement continued. “The sectors supported by these large capacity batteries — transportation and the power sector — […]
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