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LA Times urges Biden to use executive powers to declare a ‘national climate emergency’


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The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times published an article on Friday calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency, which would allow him to use more executive authority to reduce carbon emissions in the United States.

Editors questioned whether the Cut Inflation Act, which just passed exclusively by Democrats in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris’ decisive vote, would appease Biden’s appetite for an agenda. green energy and determine other more stringent executive regulations.

“With congressional action now looking more likely, will Biden’s promise to address the climate crisis with presidential proclamations, executive orders, and regulatory power be unfulfilled?” asked the editors.

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the former Brayton Point Power Plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, U.S., Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Biden announced executive action to address climate change, including plans to direct federal dollars to heat-ravaged communities, though he is currently delaying an emergency executive order that would allow him to mobilize sweeping powers against global warming.
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“The [climate change] The threat is now so grave that we need Biden to keep his promise,” they wrote.

“And because declaring a national emergency would unlock additional tools and resources, he should,” they continued.

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Others argue that Biden’s climate agenda has raised prices for consumers and left America dependent on Russia, which has funded climate change activist groups in America and Europe to undermine energy independence.

The editors argued that if “the Cut Inflation Act agreed to by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) would be the biggest climate action ever taken by Congress” , it doesn’t matter much because “the bar is low” because “Congress has never passed meaningful climate legislation”.

President Biden commemorated the 57th anniversary of signing Medicare.

President Biden commemorated the 57th anniversary of signing Medicare.
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“Signing it will only get us part of the way toward Biden’s goal of halving U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, leaving our nation’s commitment as part of Paris climate accord out of reach without further action from his administration,” they wrote of the Cut Inflation Act, which will have an “indiscernible” effect on the economy. ‘inflation.

Although the editors support a hypothetical emergency declaration on climate change by Biden, they condemned President Trump’s 2019 emergency border executive order. “But unlike Trump’s misuse of this authority for his wall, there is in fact a legitimate legal basis to label climate change a national emergency,” they wrote.

They are “concerned about the risks of Biden doing too little, especially in light of his patchy and contradictory climate record.”

President Biden shakes hands while listening to reporters' questions.

President Biden shakes hands while listening to reporters’ questions.
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The council complained that it had not imposed enough regulations to force the country to switch to cleaner energy sources and said: “It’s time for Biden to take a comprehensive approach to this spiraling disaster. .”

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Multiple catastrophic climate predictions over the past three decades have failed to materialize.


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