Biden recalls how coal pollution in Delaware gave him cancer in speech on climate

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President Joe Biden recalled on Wednesday how pollution in Delaware caused him and several others cancer when he stopped declaring a national climate change emergency during a key speech on the issue.

Biden noted that he grew up in Claymont, Delaware, which is home to many oil refineries.

“You’d have to put on your windshield wipers to literally get the oil slick off the windshield,” he said of the pollution.

“That’s why I—and so many other people I grew up with—have cancer,” he said.

Biden had several non-melanoma skin cancers removed before he became president. In his report on Biden’s November 2021 physical, Dr. Kevin O’Connor notes that the president is still being checked for lesions.

“There are no suspected areas for skin cancer at this time,” O’Connor wrote, adding that no biopsies were needed.

In his speech on climate change, Biden blamed Republicans for thwarting his green agenda and hinted that he could soon declare a national emergency on the issue — but he failed to meet Democratic wishes to declare one immediately. to call.

Speaking at Brayton Point Power Station — New England’s largest coal-fired power station, which is being turned into a factory to produce cables for offshore wind farms — Biden blamed Republicans for Congress’s failure to act on climate change, instead from West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

President Joe Biden recalled how pollution in Delaware gave him and several others cancer when he stopped declaring a national climate change emergency during a major speech on the issue.

President Joe Biden recalled how pollution in Delaware gave him and several others cancer when he stopped declaring a national climate change emergency during a major speech on the issue.

Manchin torpedoed the president’s green agenda on Capitol Hill when he said he could not support billions of dollars in new climate spending as part of a larger economic package.

But Biden focused on his political rivals.

“Not a single Republican in Congress has stepped up my climate plan, not one,” Biden said.

Non-melanoma skin cancers and the procedures Biden had to undergo to get them removed

Non-melanoma skin cancer develops on the top layers of a person’s skin, unlike melanoma which is deeper in the tissue

While these cases are responsible for most skin cancers, they are not as deadly as melanomas and rarely spread beyond the skin and into other organs.

They often form as a discolored patch of skin that remains over a long period of time and can grow slowly if left untreated

Cases usually appear on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun

The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

BCC often appears as a small shiny or scaly patch on the skin

SCC will appear as a solid pink lump with a rougher surface

If left untreated, both cancers can cause significant and permanent damage to a person’s skin

Treatments for the cancers include minor surgery, cryotherapy, anti-cancer creams, radiotherapy or light treatment

In the US, just over five million combined cases of BCC and SCC are diagnosed each year

Source: NHS, Johns Hopkins, American Cancer Society

He then threatened to use the power of the presidential pen. Democratic activists have pressured Biden to act aggressively after Manchin, who represents a state with a large coal industry, made his position clear.

“Let me be clear, climate change is an emergency,” Biden said. “And in the coming weeks, I’m going to use the power I have as president to translate these words into formal official government action through the proper proclamations, executive orders and regulatory powers that a president possesses.”

The crowd cheered and cheered at his words.

“Climate change is literally an existential threat to our nation and to the world,” Biden said. “This is an emergency, an emergency, and I’ll look into it in a moment.”

Upon his arrival in Somerset, Massachusetts, a large contingent of sign-wielding, bird-wielding Donald Trump fans greeted the president. There were other protesters who wanted Biden to take more decisive action on climate change. One was holding a large red banner that read, “Declare a national climate emergency.”

Biden spoke as a “heat dome” landed on the US with the “dangerous” heat wave reaching maximums of 118 degrees. More than 265 million people are at risk, and a third of the U.S. population is receiving extreme heat warnings. It follows record high temperatures in Europe this week.

The president announced federal funds to help heat-stricken communities, including funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help states build cooling centers to cope with excessive heat and other effects of climate change.

And he announced new initiatives to strengthen the domestic offshore wind industry.

Last week, Biden said he would take executive action on climate issues after talks between Manchin and Senate leader Chuck Schumer stalled.

Manchin said he would only agree to an economic package that would increase subsidies to buy health insurance under the Obamacare law and allow Medicare to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs. He cited concerns about record high inflation as the reason.

Biden then promised to take action.

“I’m going to use every power I have as president to continue to deliver on my pledge to tackle global warming,” Biden told reporters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this weekend after Manchin sank negotiations in the Senate had brought.

Seated from left, White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy, Rep.  Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Rep.  Bill Keating, D-Mass., Sen.  Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen.  Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., and Sen.  Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listen as President Joe Biden speaks on climate change

Seated from left, White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy, Rep.  Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Rep.  Bill Keating, D-Mass., Sen.  Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen.  Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., and Sen.  Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listen as President Joe Biden speaks on climate change

Seated from left, White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy, Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listen as President Joe Biden speaks on climate change

People held pro-Donald Trump signs as President Joe Biden made his way to the Brayton Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts.

People held pro-Donald Trump signs as President Joe Biden made his way to the Brayton Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts.

People held pro-Donald Trump signs as President Joe Biden made his way to the Brayton Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Biden grew up in Claymont, Delaware, where many oil refineries are located

Biden grew up in Claymont, Delaware, where many oil refineries are located

Biden grew up in Claymont, Delaware, where many oil refineries are located

But Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups have called on Biden to be more aggressive, including declaring a national emergency that would allow the president to redirect federal resources to support renewable energy programs that would help ease the transition from fossil fuels.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to divert billions of dollars to begin building a wall on the southern border after Congress refused to appropriate funding.

But Democrats criticized his move and it faced several judicial challenges. Biden withdrew Trump’s statement shortly after taking office.

The White House is acting cautiously to avoid alienating Manchin, whose voice is needed to advance health legislation, which is another government priority.

The Brayton Point Power Station, where Biden spoke, embodies America’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

It was once the largest coal-fired power plant in New England before closing in 2017. It will now serve as a production center for submarine power cables and other equipment critical to offshore wind farms planned along the east coast.

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin torpedoed the president's green agenda on Capitol Hill when he said he could not support billions of dollars in new climate spending as part of a larger economic package

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin torpedoed the president's green agenda on Capitol Hill when he said he could not support billions of dollars in new climate spending as part of a larger economic package

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin torpedoed the president’s green agenda on Capitol Hill when he said he could not support billions of dollars in new climate spending as part of a larger economic package

Biden spoke at the Brayton Point Power Station, which was once the largest coal-fired power station in New England before closing in 2017;  it will now serve as the fabrication of submarine power cables for offshore wind farms

Biden spoke at the Brayton Point Power Station, which was once the largest coal-fired power station in New England before closing in 2017;  it will now serve as the fabrication of submarine power cables for offshore wind farms

Biden spoke at the Brayton Point Power Station, which was once the largest coal-fired power station in New England before closing in 2017; it will now serve as the fabrication of submarine power cables for offshore wind farms

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