Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer suggested Monday that President Biden consider declaring an emergency on climate change.
“It might be a good idea for President Biden to call a climate emergency,” the New York Democrat told MSNBC’s Rachel Madavo.
Schumer appears to have declared a national emergency for what Biden did for the climate – President Trump for the border – bypassing legislative debate and using executive authority.
The Senate leader said, “He can do many, many things under emergency powers … which he can do without legislation.”
“Trump used this emergency for a stupid wall, which was not an emergency. But if there was ever an emergency, the climate is one.”
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Republicans have warned that Trump is using a national emergency to handle immigration and could set a precedent that would upset the border wall.
“If today, national emergency is border security … said on CNBC yesterday in 2019 that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.”
Biden has already used the powers of his new office to pursue a number of environmental measures. In its first executive orders, the US re-enacted the Paris Climate Agreement and revoked the Keystone XL pipeline permit.
For the first time in nearly a decade, Democrats control the Senate, House and White House. But most laws are still passing through the 60-vote barrier. Schumer – who has not committed to leaving Filmbuster permanently – told MSNBC that his party is looking into ways to include climate change legislation and other parts of the Biden build back to reconciliation in the budget. The reconciliation ends filming on fixed budgetary legislation.
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“There can be things that are harmonized,” Schumer said of the ability to include climate regulations in budget legislation.
This week’s report predicts that the Biden administration will take further action on the case on Wednesday. A memorandum obtained by Reuters revealed a new round of upcoming executive orders to tackle climate change and make it a national security threat. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Biden would ban federal oil and gas leases.
Top climate advisors also said that the Biden administration is increasing heat on China to strengthen its targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
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John Kerry, Biden’s special climate envoy, said the recent pledge by China as the world’s top greenhouse gas emitter, was “not very good.” In September, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that China would remain carbon neutral by 2060, 10 years after other countries in the Paris Climate Agreement.