August 22, 2023

Biden Urged to Declare 'Climate Emergency' That Would Grant Him Additional Powers

President Joe Biden has been advised by some Democrats to declare a climate emergency that would grant him additional powers to fight climate change.

Other Americans are concerned that the power grab could lead to government overreach similar to what occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As president, Biden does have the power to declare a climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act, a 1976 federal law that would give him the authority to take additional actions to curb climate change, and in certain cases, circumvent Congress in making decisions such as unilaterally limiting drilling and fossil fuels," the Washington Examiner reported.

"This would likely be met with intense opposition from Republicans in Congress, but climate and environmental groups have been adamant that taking such a step is necessary to deal with the scale of current challenges," it added.

"Last week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the president has called the climate crisis an emergency since 'day one,' noting that Biden has used the Defense Production Act to jumpstart heat-pump manufacturing and the building of the electric grid," Politico reported.

"He’s also used the DPA to deploy money to stand up solar manufacturing and source needed materials for electric vehicles," it continued.

The climate may have its problems but not all would agree that it's time to declare an emergency, with many seeing the issue as a political push rather than a true need.

Polls continue to show that most Americans are more concerned about more pressing issues, including the economy, inflation, and the security of the nation's border.

The recent Maui fires may fuel calls for Biden to declare an emergency but it's not even certain whether the fires were caused by climate issues.

The call for a climate emergency appears more rooted in Biden's 2024 political campaign than a true emergency, once again overlooking the most important issues to America to focus on other topics.

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