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As the planet suffocates, Biden tries to salvage his climate ambitions


Climate change is a clear and immediate danger as well as a existential threat to our nation and the worldsaid the American president.

The health of our fellow citizens is at stakeas well as our national security and our economyhe added, visiting Massachusetts (northeast), on the site of a former very polluting coal-fired power plant, closed since 2017 and in the process of being converted to wind energy.

Since Congress is not doing what it shouldregretted the 79-year-old Democrat, who has just suffered a serious parliamentary setback on his environmental reform program, I will use my executive powers.

But he has not – at least for the moment – ​​declared climate emergency as demanded by some elected members of his party, a maneuver whose impact is not very clear, but which could grant him additional political powers.

As Joe Biden spoke, large parts of Europe were sweltering in the heat wave, and the United States was not spared: around 100 million people currently live there in areas affected by extreme heat or excessive heat.

Our children and grandchildren rely on us. It is not a joke. If we don’t limit [le réchauffement] below 1.5 degrees, we will lose everything. There will be no turning backsaid the president. We have no more excuses.

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The President intends to progress at his own pace. He has a number of prerogatives he can use to start, justified Wednesday on CNN its main adviser on the climate, Gina McCarthy. But the White House stresses that declaring this state of climate emergency remains an option.

Among the executive orders prepared by the Biden administration: additional funds to help protect regions facing extreme heat and measures to boost wind power production in the United States.

An envelope of 2.3 billion dollars

In detail, the federal agency responsible for dealing with natural disasters and other emergencies, FEMA, will commit $2.3 billion to help local communities adapt to climate change and its consequences (heat wave, drought, floods, etc.).

The federal government also wants to support less privileged households and poorer residential areas that do not have access to air conditioning, for example by helping some families to pay their electricity bills.

Finally, the Biden administration will allow the installation in the Gulf of Mexico of wind capacity that can supply up to three million homes with electricity.

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The White House says it is determined to keep its climate commitments, in particular the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Joe Biden, who returned to the Paris Climate Accord that his predecessor Donald Trump left, announced in April 2021 that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% by by 2030, compared to 2005.

But the American president, as on the right to abortion, the regulation of firearms and many other reform projects, is once again experiencing the limits of his power in environmental matters: he does not have a majority outspoken in Congress and the judiciary is against him.

His climate agenda took a hit when Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, whose vote is crucial, said he would not support legislation aiming to shift the US economy towards clean energy sources, presumably condemning it to failure.

And Joe Biden is facing a Supreme Court that has become fiercely conservative and deeply hostile to any centralized regulation, which has just severely limited the powers of the federal state in the fight against global warming.

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