Biden warns Congress that if lawmakers don’t act on climate change, he will do so during a trip to Massachusetts to spotlight the wind industry after Joe Manchin scuppers his green agenda
- Biden warns Congress: If you don’t take action on climate, I will
- Ultimatum comes during Biden visit to Massachusetts power plant
- Biden will “make it clear that since Congress will not respond to this emergency, he will,” a White House official said.
- Threat Comes After Senator Joe Manchin Torpedoed Biden’s Green Agenda in Senate
- Biden won’t go as far as declaring a national emergency, despite pressure from Democrats and environmental groups
President Joe Biden on Wednesday will warn members of Congress that if they don’t take action to fight climate change, he will.
The ultimatum comes during the president’s trip to Massachusetts, where he will visit the Brayton Point Power Station – New England’s largest coal-fired power station, which is being converted into a factory to produce cables for offshore wind farms.
“The president will make it clear tomorrow that climate change poses an existential threat to our country and to the world. And he will also make it clear that since Congress will not respond to this emergency, it will,” said a White House official.
“In the coming days, he will continue to announce the executive actions we have developed to combat this emergency,” the official noted.
Biden’s threat comes after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia torpedoed the president’s green agenda on Capitol Hill when he said he couldn’t support billions of dollars in new climate spending as part of a larger economic package.
President Joe Biden will warn members of Congress that if they don’t take action to fight climate change, he will
Biden has vowed to use his executive power since Manchin, who represents a state with a large coal industry, made his intentions clear.
But the president won’t stop declaring a national emergency on Wednesday, which would free up federal resources to address the issue, despite heavy pressure from members of his party to do so.
“The climate emergency won’t happen tomorrow, but we still have it on the table,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at Tuesday’s daily press conference. “I didn’t circle a date in the calendar.”
But the president will announce federal funds in his remarks to help heat-stricken communities. And he will announce 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 this weekend in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after Manchin concluded negotiations in the Senate. had sunk.
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.
Jean-Pierre declined to provide details of internal White House deliberations on the use of a national emergency declaration.
“We are still considering it. I don’t have any pros or cons to it,” she said.
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 will speak 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
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 will speak, embodies the US 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.