President Biden considers declaring a climate emergency in an executive order and a last-ditch effort to salvage his green agenda after Senator Joe Manchin killed the chances of a climate bill in Congress.
Sources have told Biden’s statement could come this week, but White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters not to expect such an announcement so soon. On Wednesday, Biden will travel to Somerset, Massachusetts to deliver a speech on climate change.
“Everything is on the table, it just won’t be about that decision this week,” she said in her daily briefing.
Progressive members of Congress have long called on Biden to make such a move. However, the statement could carry less weight after a Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to issue emissions regulations on matters of major “economic and political importance.”
By declaring a state of emergency, Biden would reinstate the crude oil export ban, which Congress wanted to repeal in 2015, and restrict all fossil fuel imports and exports, and suspend offshore drilling leases for 11 million acres of federal waters, according to a statement. report from the Center for Biological. diversity.
He could also invoke the Defense Production Act to force industry to produce renewable energy and clean transportation technologies and direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build renewable energy systems.
President Biden considers declaring a climate emergency in an executive order and a last-ditch effort to salvage his green agenda after Senator Joe Manchin killed the chances of a climate bill in Congress
West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin caused a stir this week when he announced he could not support the passing of a climate change law through reconciliation
“A historic climate emergency statement is exactly what we need from Biden to match the magnitude and urgency of this crisis,” said Jean Su, Energy Justice program director and author of the report. “With the world on fire from California to Croatia, an emergency declaration will show Biden is ready to fight hard for a livable future. By unlocking crucial climate forces, Biden can put Manchin’s gas lighting behind us and move us off fossil fuels and build the renewable power plant we desperately need.”
A record heat wave ravaging Europe, combined with drafts and wildfires in Italy and Portugal, and similar heat patterns in the central US have brought renewed attention to the climate issue.
West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin caused a stir this week when he announced he could not support the passage of a climate change bill through reconciliation.
Manchin told Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer that he would only agree to changes to allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices, with funds to expand the Affordable Care Act’s provisions and debt relief.
In an interview with MetroNews in West Virginia, Manchin dismissed accusations that he killed a climate package, arguing that he just threw it on the road.
‘I said, can we wait for the inflation figures to come out?’ [for] July, until we know if the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates,” said Manchin, who sounded the alarm after the record 9.1 percent inflation report released this week.
“Then make the decision about what we can do and how much we can do,” he said.
“So I say, Chuck, if you have a political deadline, and it has to be in July, the only thing you know you can do is basically write the bill, write a piece of legislation about lowering taxes.” negotiate the drug prices, Medicare that saves about $288 billion over 10 years, take 40 billion of that and extend the Affordable Care Act, the rebates that people got so their premiums don’t go up and also take the other $240 billion and put it in the debt stabbing reduction,” he said.
He said that would happen if you were “serious” about rising inflation.
‘That’s what you can do in this July. And what did he say? … He says, are you going to tell me now that you’re not going to do the other one? I said, Chuck, it’s wrong. It is not wise to do the other [items] straight away.’
Manchin first killed a $1.75 trillion version of the spending package during a Fox News interview last December — an embarrassing blow to President Biden’s agenda.
Without the help of Congress, the White House has continued to look for ways to continue making progress on Biden’s campaign promise to halve U.S. emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.
Action on climate change and clean energy remains more urgent than ever. So let me be clear: If the Senate does not act to address the climate crisis and strengthen our domestic clean energy industry, I will take strong executive action to address this moment,” Biden warned over the weekend as Manchin hesitated about supporting a clean energy industry. package.