Status: 07/21/2022 04:26 am
US President Biden is under pressure from within his party to take decisive action against the climate crisis. He has now announced that he will provide $2.3 billion to help communities weather heat and drought.
US President Joe Biden wants to take new initiatives to combat climate change and will probably take stricter measures in the near future. For now, the domestic offshore wind power industry in the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern United States should be strengthened, Biden said during a visit to a former coal-fired power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts.
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Tagesschau 5:30 a.m., July 21, 2022
With 2.3 billion dollars (around 2.2 billion euros), communities are also to be supported to be better prepared for heat waves, droughts and other natural disasters. The federal funds for this are to flow into programs of the Fema disaster control authority, the Ministry of Health and initiatives of other federal authorities.
Will the climate emergency be declared?
However, Biden initially refrained from declaring a national climate emergency, as some of his Democrats and activists are calling for. At the same time, he indicated that such a measure could come. “Let me be clear: climate change is an emergency and I see it as such,” he said.
He will use his power to “translate those words into formal, official government action through appropriate declarations, executive orders and regulatory powers of a President.” A White House spokeswoman had previously said all options were on the table.
A climate emergency would leave Biden in a position to release federal funds for clean energy and further action on climate change without congressional approval. For example, he could rededicate federal funds – and invest them in the expansion of renewable energies. Such a declaration could also serve as a legal basis for blocking oil and gas drilling, for example.
Blockade in the US Senate
So far, Biden’s climate projects have failed in the US Senate, where the Democrats are dependent on all votes from their party due to a wafer-thin majority. The more conservative Democratic Senator Joe Manchin recently blocked the comprehensive legislative package.
The original draft for Biden’s economic and climate package provided, among other things, for tax relief for families and the expansion of health services. More than 500 billion dollars were also planned for the fight against the climate crisis, including investments in renewable energies.
Movement on the subject of climate protection is very important for the Democratic US President a few months before the US congressional elections. If the Democrats have little to offer when it comes to climate – one of their core issues – it will likely cost voters
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