Clean energy is upon us and will only grow more popular in the future. However, it could present some challenges for the shipping and freight-forwarding industry. This change comes with a significant environmental and socioeconomic impact and the potential to greatly affect the economy. Thus, urgent discussions within the government are taking place concerning instating new policies. In fact, the Biden administration has supported a $2 trillion package to address these upcoming issues. This decision — although challenging, brings significant optimism to North America.
The Climate Plan
The bill has the potential to provide job opportunities in the clean energy sector while the U.S begins to repair their infrastructure. Along with the potential of decreasing the unemployment rate, it provides a lower carbon footprint and reduces the negative effects that the overuse of fossil fuels has on our climate. It positively affects your health and well-being, and ultimately, provides for a safer and longer future for your children. However, with the U.S rebuilding their infrastructure — this can greatly affect the shipping industry. We rely heavily on their roads, airports, and large shipping vessels to transport goods both domestically and internationally. These factors heavily influence our environment and this bill has put these changes at the forefront.
Will Clean Energy Affect Minorities?
As we have noticed from the past, these changes have a significant increase in impacting poor communities, and communities that consist of ethnic minorities. Unfortunately, with low-income housing and insurance companies refusing loans to financially at-risk communities — they are often left with no choice. These communities are at a higher risk for being exposed to toxins, pollutants and dangerous chemicals living near factories, industrial plants and heavy freight traffic. Not only is it the air that they breathe, it also affects the water they drink, and the levels of radiation they are exposed to. Some individuals double their levels of exposure while having to work in these same industries.
How Will Clean Energy Affect Time-Sensitive Shipments
Clean energy may also pose challenges for time-sensitive shipments. The time it may take to power a truck’s battery vs. refill a tank may make a difference in the amount of time it takes to get a shipment to its final destination. If it creates a longer haul, this can also mean frequent stops for recharging, and excessive downtime. As a trucker, this has the potential to impact yearly earnings. Nevertheless, this new infrastructure bill can provide more charging stations across the country, while electric companies work on building batteries that require less time to recharge. Hopefully — in the coming future — this will result in electric trucks becoming more cost-effective and a permanent alternative to fossil fuels.
Government spending and allocation of funds with the support of this bill has the potential to elevate infrastructure and create a greener future. Alternative power sources, updated rail systems, electric vehicles, and cleaner factories are all areas that can be positively affected if the funds are allocated appropriately — and in turn, lower the country’s carbon footprint.
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