Biden Set to Announce Executive Measures on Climate: White House

A White House official said earlier on July 19 that Biden has made it clear that if the Senate did not act on climate change, he will. “We are considering all options and no decision has been made,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Jarrett Renshaw and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to announce new federal measures aimed at the climate crisis on July 20 during a trip to Massachusetts, but will stop short of declaring a climate emergency, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups have been calling for the White House to take aggressive measures on climate change after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said last week was not ready to support key climate provisions in Congress.

Biden has been under pressure to declare an emergency, which would enable the use of the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of a wide range of renewable energy products and systems but the president is unlikely to take that step at this time.

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