The choice of site is intentional: the Brayton Point Power Station once burned coal to generate electricity, but is now a manufacturing center for offshore wind. This reflects Biden’s message on the climate, as he sees it as a jobs winner who can put tradespeople like electricians and steelworkers into growth fields, while limiting the gases that heat the planet.
But Biden is holding back on calls from progressive activists to declare a climate emergency that would give the administration sweeping powers to redirect spending to climate initiatives, halt fossil fuel exports and use authority in times of crisis. war to produce clean energy products.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the climate emergency option and other actions remained on the table.
Yet meeting Biden’s climate goal of cutting emissions 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 becomes incredibly difficult — and more costly — without the clean energy incentives that Manchin rejected. Measures such as boosting offshore wind and energy efficiency can help, but supporters said the hundreds of billions in clean energy tax credits Democrats have been discussing are needed to achieve the goal. ‘objective.