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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Biden announces modest climate actions; More pledges to come

by Seung Min Kim and Matthew Daly

Somerset, Mass ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced modest new steps to tackle climate change and promised more robust action to come, saying “this is an emergency and I will treat it as such.” I’ll see from.”

However, the president stopped short of declaring a formal climate emergency, which Democrats and environmental groups were seeking after an influential Democratic senator rejected hopes of a comprehensive legislation to address global warming. Biden hinted that such a move could be coming.

“Let me be clear,” Biden said. “Climate change is an emergency, and in the coming weeks I as president will be going to use the power to transform these words into formal, official government actions through appropriate declarations, executive orders and the regulatory power a president has. I’ve been.”

Biden gave his pledge at a former coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts. The former Bretton Point Power Plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, is shifting to offshore wind power manufacturing, and Biden has chosen it as the embodiment of the transition to the clean energy he’s been seeking but in the first 18 months of his presidency. Struggled to feel.

The executive actions announced Wednesday will boost the domestic offshore wind industry in the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast, as well as help communities cope with rising temperatures through programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies. will expand its efforts. ,

This travels across Europe and the United States in the form of historical temperatures. Temperatures reached 115 degrees in Portugal as wildfires raged in Spain and France, and Britain broke its record for the highest temperature ever recorded on Tuesday. At least 60 million Americans could experience triple-digit temperatures over the next several days as cities around the US sweat through more intense and longer-lasting heat waves that scientists blame on global warming. Huh.

Sen. Joe Manchin, World Nation News.Va. Demands for a national emergency declaration to address the climate crisis are rising among activists and Democratic lawmakers after the U.S. government last week thwarted talks on a long-delayed legislative package.

White House officials have said the option is being considered. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to outline a timetable for a decision on Tuesday, other than saying no such order would be issued this week.

Biden’s climate adviser Gina McCarthy said Biden is “shy” to consider the climate an emergency.

“The president wants to make sure we’re doing it right, that we’re preparing it, and that we have the time necessary to make it work,” she told reporters on Air Force One.

Ed Markey, D-Mass., said he was “convinced that the president is ultimately ready to do whatever he wants to deal with this crisis.”

“I think he made that clear in his statement last Friday, and I think coming to Massachusetts is another expression of that goal,” Markey told reporters on Tuesday.

An emergency declaration on the climate would allow the president to redirect federal resources to promote renewable energy programs that would help transition away from fossil fuels. The declaration could also be used as a legal basis to block oil and gas drilling or other projects, although such actions would be challenged in court by energy companies or Republican-led states.

Such a declaration would be similar to the one issued by Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, who declared a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border after lawmakers refused to allocate funds for that effort. was.

Biden pledged to take significant executive action on the climate last week after months of discussions between Munchkin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., came to a standstill. The West Virginia senator cited extremely high inflation as a reason for his hesitation, although he has long-protected energy interests in the coal and gas-producing state.

For now, Manchin has said he will only agree to a legislative package that subsidizes people under a 2010 health care law to help people buy insurance and allows Medicare to negotiate the prices of prescription drugs. which will ultimately reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals to consumers.

The White House has indicated it wants Congress to make that deal, and Biden will address the climate issue on his own.

The former Bretton Point Power Plant closed in 2017 after burning coal for more than five decades. The plant will now become an offshore wind power site.

A new report says the US and other major carbon-polluting countries are not fulfilling their promises to fight climate change. Of the 10 biggest carbon emitters, only the European Union has made policies close to or in line with international goals of limiting warming to a few and tenths of a degree, according to scientists and experts who track climate action across countries.

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