UNITED STATES: President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that he pledged to combat climate change by executing new measures and a robust plan of action.
He called it an ‘Emergency’ and said that he would view it that way but failed to declare a formal Emergency, which Democrats and environmentalists have been seeking for so long after an influential Democratic senator quelled hopes for sweeping legislation to address the climate crisis. Biden hinted that such a measure could be coming and be set in place.
Biden ensured that he will utilise his authority as the POTUS to turn these climate pledges and promises into laws of action through appropriate proclamations, executive powers and other regulatory powers that a president holds. He said, “Let me be clear: Climate Change is an emergency.”
He also added that when it comes to climate change, “I will not take no for an answer.” Biden made the strategic decision to stage this speech at a former coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts which is transitioning to offshore wind power manufacturing. Biden is finally making the effort to rely on green energy, which he failed to do in the first 18 months of his office.”
However, Biden’s refusal to declare a formal National Emergency regarding climate change has raised doubts over his commitment to green energy and climate preservation.
His climate adviser, Gina McCarthy, said Biden is not shying away from treating climate as an Emergency. “The president wants to make sure that we’re doing it right, that we’re laying it out and that we have the time we need to get this worked out,” she told reporters on Air Force One.
The trip comes as a historic change as record temperatures are being evaluated in Europe and the US. Wildfires in Spain, France and Britain on Tuesday shattered records for the highest temperatures seen in decades.
At least 100 million Americans are threatened by a melting heat wave that is all set to cause fires and rising temperatures around the US, as scientists blame this phenomenon on global warming.