President Biden faces steep challenges regarding his renewable energy goals

Recent reports indicate plans of President Biden to decarbonize America but venturing into renewables. However, there are different views on the matter from the state leaders and the public. Biden’s administration is currently facing steep challenges such as infrastructure investment, job loss, and political obstacles.

President Biden wishes to change how Americans use energy by venturing into renewable energy. However, he will have to convince the people to accept the transition and see it in a new light and navigate through steep challenges, including the covid-19 crisis and with thousands of people who lost their jobs trying to restore them.

Solar and wind energy has grown in the last few years despite having a less-than-supportive administration under Trump since it favored fossil fuels. This section currently has maximum support from the statehouse since President Biden plans to decarbonize the United States of America. Despite Biden’s support for renewables, the challenging part is to make these plans happen.

Disruption in 2020 was inevitable due to the covid-19 pandemic since renewables rely on labor. Besides, the federal has to redirect the money and focus more on helping the people go back on their feet. Also, there is the issue of getting pro-environment legislation in a divided America between democrats and republicans.

To achieve the 100% transition to renewables by 2035, the government must focus on setting up grid infrastructure to focus wind plains and offshore winds to the cities where electricity is crucial. Currently, a sixth of power in the US is from renewable energy. Michael Mann, an American geophysicist, and climatologist talked about President Biden’s goals. He also spoke about how the process will be a fight and will include compromises.

Passing the Green New Deal legislation is hard since congress is divided. Larry Gasteiger, executive director of WIRES, states that the administration target is ambitious but possible. He talked about how a transition takes at least a decade to push through, and the 2035 target is possible, but it will not be easy. The minimum budget for the energy transition is $30 billion, and it can go up to $90 billion.

Some state politicians have started making moves in favor of renewable energy, and the Federal Bureau of ocean energy is resuming its review on the offshore wind project. Amanda Lefton, BOEM director, stated that offshore wind would come in handy as it tries to combat climate changes and deliver reliable power. The states have two running offshore projects, but many in their development stages. With President Biden’s support, renewables can grow, and the transition to clean energy will be successful. However, the road will be bumpy with political responses and job-related issues.