Biden could unlock new powers by declaring a ‘climate emergency’

by | Jul 27, 2022 | World

Los Angeles, California – US President Joe Biden is considering declaring a national climate emergency, which would allow him to unlock new executive powers to kick-start climate action.John Kerry, the special presidential climate envoy, told the New York Times last week that the debate within the United States administration was over when the declaration should come and how it should be rolled out, rather than whether Biden should declare an emergency.
“As president, I have a responsibility to act with urgency and resolve when our nation faces clear and present danger,” Biden told reporters on July 20. “And that’s what climate change is about. It is literally, not figuratively, a clear and present danger.”
While Biden labelled climate change an “emergency” and vowed to use executive powers to combat the crisis, he stopped short of declaring a national emergency. He announced $2.3bn in federal funds for infrastructure that can withstand heatwaves, floods and storms, along with $385m to states for home air conditioning and community cooling centres.
His speech followed news that Senator Joe Manchin – a Democrat who holds the power in the Senate to sink or float legislation, and who has received more campaign donations from the oil, gas and coal sectors than any other senator – would not support the Build Back Better Act, a major piece of legislation that would have made historic investments in renewable energy.
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