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Biden announces climate action as heatwave hits Europe – US News News – Report by AFR

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday will announce a series of executive measures to tackle climate change in a bid to advance an environmental agenda that has been stalled by an unsupportive Congress and a conservative Supreme Court.

Biden – who will deliver his address from a former coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts – will make it clear that time is running out to fight global warming, highlighted by a devastating heatwave in Europe that is sparking fires, melting runways and leaving millions in misery brought .

But he will stop declaring a formal state of emergency that would give him additional political powers.

“The President … will make it clear that just because Congress didn’t get it right, he will go ahead with all the power at his disposal to bring about change and the clean energy transition,” said White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy to CNN.

“The President will once again make it clear that this is an emergency and we will act. But the President will outline that at his own pace.”

For now, he’s expected to use executive orders to provide additional funding for communities grappling with extreme heat and measures to increase U.S. wind power production.

The effort is part of the administration’s goals to “move the U.S. energy sector away from the pollution, environmental injustice and volatile price volatility of the past,” said a White House official, and “towards well-paying jobs, lower costs, and energy security of the world.” Future.”

– Repeated setbacks –

Biden began his tenure last year by vowing to deliver on campaign promises to tackle the global climate crisis, but his agenda has been faced hit after hit.

On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order to bring the United States back into the Paris climate accord, followed by an ambitious announcement that he would deliver a 50-52 percent reduction in US net greenhouse gas pollution from 2005-level levels aiming for 2030 .

But his signature “Build Back Better” legislation, which would have included $550 billion for clean energy and other climate initiatives, is all but dead after it failed to get the support it needed in Congress, as Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he did will not support the bill.

And last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot enact sweeping greenhouse gas regulations without Congressional approval.

However, McCarthy insisted that “regulatory action is still strong,” saying, “We will move, not just with the EPA but with others.”

The Biden administration has turned climate policy into a national security issue made all the more pressing by soaring fuel prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“It’s not just affecting our infrastructure … it’s impacting our operational readiness,” White House spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday.

Foreign Office spokesman Ned Price pointed to the extreme heatwave that hit Europe this week – Britain recorded a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) – as further proof that climate action cannot wait.

“We are determined to seize this moment and do whatever we can, including on the world stage,” Price told reporters, “to make sure this crucial decade doesn’t go by without us taking proper action.”

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