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Climate change is an emergency. Biden should use his executive powers to do more

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08.08.2022
The unexpected Senate deal on a $369 billion climate spending package is bound to ease pressure on President Joe Biden. Days earlier, when it looked like opposition from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III had killed Biden's climate agenda, the president vowed to take "strong executive action" if the Senate would not act.

Facing increasing calls from activists to break the glass and declare a national climate emergency, Biden said in a speech on July 20 that "climate change is an emergency. And in the coming weeks, I'm going to use the power I have as president to turn these words into formal, official government actions."

That was before the breakthrough with Manchin. With congressional action now looking more likely, will Biden's promise to confront the climate crisis with presidential proclamations, executive orders and regulatory power go unfulfilled?

Let's hope not. Of course, we don't need the president to tell us the overheating climate is an emergency; our planet is making the effects of our pollution loud and clear, hitting us with severe drought, deadly heat waves, devastating wildfires and flooding. The threat now is so dire that we need Biden to deliver on his pledge.

That means using every executive and administrative power legally available to him to protect Americans from climate-fueled disasters, boost renewable energy and shift away from fossil fuels. And because declaring a national emergency would unlock additional tools and resources, he should do it.

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