Former US President Donald Trump criticized current President Joe Biden’s administration for its efforts to reduce carbon emissions from military vehicles. Trump mocked the idea of making army tanks and jet fighters “green” and questioned their effectiveness in combat situations. Speaking at a Republican rally in South Dakota during his presidential campaign, Trump sarcastically commented on the US becoming a nation that wants to make its “great army tanks all electric.” He highlighted that while the tanks may emit fewer pollutants, their limited range would hinder their ability to traverse enemy territory.
Trump also criticized the push to make jet fighters more environmentally friendly, noting that it would result in a 15% decrease in efficiency. However, he argued that this move would help keep the enemy’s atmosphere clean of pollutants. Trump further highlighted the use of electric cars in the military, pointing out their limited range, high cost, and reliance on batteries made in China.
The former president also expressed his concerns about the US’s dependency on foreign oil under Biden’s leadership. He claimed that despite having abundant oil resources, the US had to beg Venezuela and other nations for oil. Trump attributed this situation to Biden’s support for the Green New Deal, which he deemed as “fake.” He warned that the Green New Deal would lead to the collapse of the country.
In April of the previous year, Biden had pledged to reduce emissions from military equipment on Earth Day. He announced plans to make every vehicle in the US military climate-friendly, investing billions of dollars to achieve this goal. Biden acknowledged his ownership of a ’68 Corvette that polluted the air and revealed that he didn’t drive it frequently.
As part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, the US military unveiled a plan to have an all-electric light-duty non-tactical vehicle fleet by 2027. The goal is to have all tactical vehicles become environmentally friendly by 2050. However, officials currently prioritize the introduction of hybrid vehicles due to technological challenges and concerns regarding the deployment of all-electric units.
In conclusion, Trump criticized Biden’s administration for its focus on making military vehicles more environmentally friendly. He questioned the effectiveness of “green” vehicles in combat and expressed concerns about the associated costs and reliance on foreign suppliers. Trump also warned about the potential collapse of the country due to the Biden-backed Green New Deal.