Despite two setbacks, Biden pledges to fight climate change

Despite two setback, Biden pledges to fight climate change

Wind turbines in Latimer, Iowa. In June, the United States Supreme Court limited the federal government's ability to regulate carbon emissions and promote the production of renewable energy, including wind power.

President Joe Biden promises “strong executive action” to tackle climate change despite the double setbacks of recent weeks that have limited his ability to regulate carbon emissions and boost clean energy, including wind and solar.

Last month, the Supreme Court limited how the nation's main air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Then on Thursday, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said he wanted to delay passage of a sweeping environmental law, which Democrats say is essential to meeting ambitious climate goals. Mr. Biden.

The US president, who has pledged to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels, said on Friday that action on climate change and for clean energy remains more urgent than ever.

US President Joe Biden has pledged to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (Archives).

If the Senate does not act to fight climate change and to boost clean energy, I will take strong executive action to address this need, Biden assured in a statement from Saudi Arabia, where he met on Friday with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Joe Biden did not specify the climate actions he will take, but he mentioned that they will create jobs, improve energy security, strengthen domestic manufacturing and protect consumers against hikes. oil and gas prices. I will not back down, he promised.

Some supporters have urged Mr. Biden to use the moment to declare a national climate emergency and to reinstate a ban on crude oil exports, among other measures. Declaring a climate emergency would allow Mr. Biden to redirect spending to favor renewable energy, including wind and solar, and to accelerate the country's transition away from fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum and natural gas.

Climate activists, including some of Mr. Manchin's Democratic colleagues in the Senate, criticized his opposition, noting that this was the second time he had sabotaged climate change legislation. climate change.

It is infuriating and nothing short of tragic that Senator Manchin is yet again backing down from taking critical climate and climate action. clean energy, supported Minnesota Senator Tina Smith.

“The world is literally burning as he joins all Republicans in preventing strong action to reduce [greenhouse gas] emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

—Tina Smith, Senator from Minnesota

Other Democrats said Mr. Manchin's announcement that he could not support the Senate bill's climate provisions — at least for the time being — frees Mr. Biden from the ban. obligation to satisfy a powerful coal state senator eager to protect his energy-producing home state. Manchin's vote is decisive in an evenly split Senate, where Republicans unanimously oppose climate action.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin opposes plans to address climate change (Archives).

Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who has long advocated stronger climate action, suggested a range of actions Mr. Biden could take, including a strong social cost of carbon rule that would force producers energy to account for greenhouse gas emissions as an operating cost. The senator also urged Mr. Biden to force major polluters to use technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions and to impose stricter pollution controls on cars, light trucks and heavy vehicles.

Activists have also called on Mr. Biden to reject all drilling on federal lands as well as at sea – a step he promised during the 2020 campaign but which did not pass. – and to restrict the approval of gas pipelines and other fossil fuel projects.

For too long we have waited for one legislative program to save us and save us. x27;Only one legislator determines our fate, said Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

“Now that it is clear that the legislation to address our climate crisis is dead, President Biden must put us on an urgent path to address this catastrophe.

— Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley

Quoting Joe Biden's campaign promise to end new drilling on federal lands and waters , Mr. Merkley said: Now is the time to show the American people that they mean business by saying no to the expansion of our dependence on fossil fuels.

Even before Sen. Manchin's planned rejection of climate action, Democrats had cut their plan from about $555 billion in climate spending to just over $300 billion in a bid to gain his support. Proposed tax credits for wind, solar and nuclear power, plus unproven carbon capture technology, could cut emissions by up to 40% by 2030 , said environmental activists.

Mr. Manchin had already coerced Democrats into dropping two tax provisions he opposes: direct clean energy credit payments as well as tax credits for drivers who buy electric vehicles. Senator Manchin forced further concessions last year, including overturning a proposal that would have paid utilities that increase their consumption of clean energy while penalizing those who don't.

Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he still hopes to save the energy tax provisions clean and claimed that failure really isn't an option.

Activists protested outside the US Supreme Court in early July. They were protesting the court's decision to limit the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.

Mr. Manchin's request to delay passing a tougher environmental law follows a June 30 ruling by the Supreme Court, which said in a six-to-three vote that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The ruling by the court's conservative majority likely complicates the Biden administration's plan to deal with pollution from power plants, but it does not eliminate its power to regulate greenhouse gases. EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the agency is moving forward with proposed power plant regulations over the next few months.

< p class="e-p">Ann Clancy, associate director of climate policy for Indivisible, a progressive advocacy group, said it's time for Joe Biden to stop waiting for backed Democrats by corporations and their bad faith negotiations and deliver real climate victories for the American people.

We have no more time to waste, a pleaded Ms. Clancy.

In a radio interview on Friday, Mr. Manchin argued that climate activists want an immediate end to US use of oil, coal and gas. It's crazy, he told host Hoppy Kercheval. He believes the United States needs an energy policy that works for the country.

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