The Los Angeles Times editorial board published a piece Friday calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency, which would empower him to utilize more executive authority to curb carbon emissions in the United States.
The editors pondered whether the Inflation Reduction Act, which just passed exclusively by Democrats in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote, would appease Biden’s appetite for a green energy agenda and determine further, more heavy-handed executive regulations.
“With congressional action now looking more likely, will Biden’s promise to confront the climate crisis with presidential proclamations, executive orders and regulatory power go unfulfilled?” the editors asked.
“The [climate change] threat now is so dire that we need Biden to deliver on his pledge,” they wrote. “That means using every executive and administrative power legally available to him to protect Americans from climate-fueled disasters, boost renewable energy and shift away from fossil fuels.”
“And because declaring a national emergency would unlock additional tools and resources, he should do it,” they continued.
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 while “the Inflation Reduction Act agreed to by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) would be the biggest climate action ever taken by Congress,” this does not matter much because “the bar is low” as “Congress has never passed significant climate legislation.”
“Signing it into law will only get us part of the way to Biden’s goal of slashing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, leaving our nation’s pledge under the Paris climate agreement out of reach without more action by his administration,” they wrote about the Inflation Reduction Act, which will have an “indistinguishable” effect on inflation.
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