President Joe Biden is getting ready to announce a federal emergency, in order to sidestep the Senate and employ extreme measures to combat climate change, according to three anonymous sources cited by the Washington Post.
Biden’s move is an attempt at salvaging his failed “Build Back Better” climate agenda, after moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) blocked most of his own party’s radical proposals.
Manchin rejected the Democrats’ efforts to flood billions of dollars into the “clean” energy sector, due to high inflation and wreckless spending being higher on his constituency’s list than green jobs.
“The president made clear that if the Senate doesn’t act to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen our domestic clean energy industry, he will,” said one of the anonymous White House officials. “We are considering all options and no decision has been made.”
Closed coal plants, halted leases, and increased subsidies for alternative fuels are all possible — should Biden follow through and declare a climate emergency.
This is not the first time Biden has abused emergency powers to combat global warming. He had previously invoked the Defense Production Act in June, to accelerate the production of solar power and other green energies.
For the average American, this could mean taxpayer money being spent on technology unlikely to ever meet the demands of the United States power grid, because of its poor efficiency and lackluster capacity factors.
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Biden may have many options if he chooses to declare an emergency, but he’ll have to walk a fine line to avoid lawsuits from Republicans and other affected entities.