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Why Biden just used one of his most significant powers on insulation

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When a president invokes the Defense Production Act, it’s one of the rare moments the executive branch orders the private market to act. In the past, it has been used to boost production to help fight wars and battle a global pandemic. This week, President Biden used it for something a bit unexpected.

It’s not weaponry or some high-tech device, but building insulation. This humdrum material may not be anyone’s idea of advanced national security technology but, according to the Biden administration, it’s one of the key weapons we’ll need to combat energy waste amid a rapidly changing climate.

This invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA) was announced on June 6, when the Biden administration issued a series of executive actions to accelerate the domestic production of clean energy. The actions include using the federal government’s procurement process to increase demand for domestically manufactured solar panels, and temporarily allowing the import of foreign components to kick domestic solar panel production into higher gear. And in order to increase the nation’s ability to use and conserve clean energy, Biden is calling on the insulation industry to get more of its products into walls. The act........

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