Biden set to announce executive climate action – White House

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden plans to announce new federal action on the climate crisis on Wednesday during a trip to Massachusetts, but will refrain from declaring a climate emergency, the door said. – White House spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre. Tuesday.

Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups have called on the White House to take aggressive action on climate change after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said last week he was not prepared to back key congressional climate provisions.

Biden has been under pressure to declare an emergency, which would allow the use of the Defense Production Act to increase production of a wide range of renewable energy products and systems, but is unlikely that the chair take that step for now.

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The president will use his trip to highlight the historic clean energy investments his administration has made and “announce the additional steps he will take to address the climate crisis and secure a clean energy future,” Jean-Pierre said.

The comments confirmed a Reuters report that the visit included new climate announcements.

A White House official said earlier Tuesday that Biden made it clear that if the Senate doesn’t act, he will. “We are reviewing all options and no decision has been made,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Biden campaigned for strong action on climate change during his presidential campaign and pledged in international climate negotiations to cut climate pollution by 50% by 2030 and achieve 100% clean electricity by 2035.

But his climate agenda has been derailed by several major setbacks, including winning enough congressional support to pass crucial climate and clean energy measures in a federal budget bill, record oil prices. gasoline and the disruption of the global energy market caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Supreme Court, in a decision released earlier this month, also signaled that federal agencies cannot take major policy action on climate and other areas without the express consent of Congress.

Despite these constraints, environmental policy group Evergreen Action said the Environmental Protection Agency can still use its authority to tighten restrictions on carbon dioxide and other major pollutants at power plants and facilities. industries and that the Home Office can phase out fossil fuel leases and block major projects.

Democrats are discussing the way forward for major climate action on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, said U.S. Senator Tom Carper, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Carper dodged a question about Biden’s declaration of a climate emergency, but said he thought there were other issues the Senate could move forward on, including reducing methane emissions and tax provisions for nuclear energy and carbon capture and sequestration.

During his trip to Somerset, Massachusetts, Biden will visit a former coal-fired power plant, which has been converted into a factory for manufacturing submarine cables used for offshore wind generation.

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Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw and Valerie Volcovici; additional reporting by David Morgan, Doina Chiacu and Nandita Bose; Editing by Chris Gallagher, Doina Chiacu and Jonathan Oatis

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