Biden will talk about ‘climate crisis’ after Joe Manchin interrupts his program

With his threat of executive action looming, President Biden will speak in Massachusetts on Wednesday about what the White House calls a ‘climate crisis’ after Sen. Joe Manchin erased Biden’s plans for new spending environmental.

The White House was pressed Tuesday on when or if Biden could declare a national climate-related emergency — amid a myriad of crises facing the administration and Americans, including inflation, record gas prices and the ongoing border surge – to unilaterally redirect funds.

“President Biden will travel to Somerset, Massachusetts [to] make remarks on tackling the climate crisis and seizing the opportunity of a clean energy future to create jobs and reduce costs for families,” the White House said in a statement.

But press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at a Tuesday afternoon briefing that there would be no decision this week on whether to declare a global warming “emergency” for bolster Biden’s ability to unilaterally redirect funds and issue rules.

“Everything is on the table. It just won’t be this week on that decision,” Jean-Pierre said amid a heatwave that is affecting parts of Europe and North America.

President Biden is expected to speak about the “climate crisis” in Massachusetts on Wednesday.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says Biden won't declare global warming "emergency" this week.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden would not declare a global warming “emergency” this week.
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Manchin (D-WVa.) blocked Biden’s spending plans again on Friday, saying “it’s not prudent” with annual inflation hitting a new 41-year high of 9.1% in June.

Senate Democrats had hoped to cut the stalled nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better Act, which can be passed by the upper house with a simple majority under special budget reconciliation rules. Manchin’s opposition killed the plan because Democrats hold only 50 Senate seats and Republicans oppose the package.

Manchin is reviled by environmental activists for his investments and his former career in the coal industry and told a reporter on Tuesday “get out of my way if you wantas the reporter asked his opinion on Biden declaring a national emergency.

Manchin in December halted the Build Back Better Act, which provided $555 billion for environmental programs, citing worsening inflation.

The stalled Build Back Better Act offered, among other initiatives, rebates of $12,500 for the purchase of electric vehicles. The brother of White House adviser Steve Ricchetti, Jeff Ricchetti, has received $280,000 since last year to lobby General Motors, which produces electric vehicles promoted by Biden.

But critics say the vehicles, which average nearly $70,000, are out of reach for most Americans, especially in this time of inflation.

It’s unclear what Biden would seek to accomplish by declaring an emergency. Former President Donald Trump declared an emergency in 2019 to redirect about $8 billion toward the construction of a US-Mexico border wall.

Energy & Environment News pointed to an analysis by University of California, Berkeley law professor Dan Farber that an emergency would allow a president to suspend oil drilling leases or steer the military toward greener projects. environment and the use of electric vehicles.

Biden's speech on climate change comes after Sen. Joe Manchin blocked his plans for new environmental spending.
Biden’s speech on climate change comes after Sen. Joe Manchin blocked his plans for new environmental spending.
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Farber said it could also be possible to impose rules to restrict “the use of automobiles and trucks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” – although it is possible that industry groups or Republican-led states are suing to end such policies.

Biden is unlikely to try to suppress the oil industry. Despite seeking last year to suspend new drilling permits while cutting new pipelines, Biden has since March urged companies to pump more oil and refine more gasoline, as high prices contribute to the collapse of his approval rating, including among major Democratic-leaning groups, such as young adults and Hispanics.

Biden has outlined ambitious environmental plans in past remarks. He said in April that he would “initiate the process where every vehicle in the U.S. military – every vehicle would be climate-friendly.” Every vehicle. No, I think so. We spend billions of dollars doing it.

Biden’s bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which he signed in November, included $7.5 billion to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations. The administration is beginning to shell out funds to install charging stations every 50 miles along major highways. This bill also included $5 billion for electric and low-emission buses.

New York Post

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