LA Times calls on Biden to declare ‘national climate emergency’ via EO

The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times just published a piece calling upon President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency and to use executive authority to address it. 

The heading reads, “Climate change is an emergency. Biden should use his executive powers to do more.”

The board writes:

The threat now is so dire that we need Biden to deliver on his pledge. That means using every executive and administrative power legally available to him to protect Americans from climate-fueled disasters, boost renewable energy, and shift away from fossil fuels. And because declaring a national emergency would unlock additional tools and resources, he should do it.

“An all-hands-on-deck approach”

The board, in the piece, goes on to suggest various actions that Biden could take under the Defense Production Act, National Emergencies Act, and Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

For example, it says that Biden can stop crude oil exports, he can stop oil and gas drilling on the outer continental shelf, and he could restrict private investment and trade in fossil fuels.

The board also says that Biden, under the acts, can increase domestic manufacturing for clean energy and build renewable energy systems in communities particularly vulnerable.

Yet, the Times board doesn’t even stop there. It continues by calling on Biden to take even more action through federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency notes that no emergency declaration is needed for this.

It writes:

It’s time Biden adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach to this spiraling catastrophe. There’s little chance we’ll look back decades from now and say the president did too much, or that our alarms about the imperiled planet rang too loud. We’ll only regret that we didn’t act more aggressively or sooner.

What about the Inflation Reduction Act?

The L.A. Times published the piece before the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, which contains parts of the left’s climate agenda, was passed. But, the board made it clear that, even if it does pass – which it did – it’s not enough.

“Signing it into law will only get us part of the way to Biden’s goal of slashing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, leaving our nation’s pledge under the Paris climate agreement out of reach without more action by his administration,” the board writes.

This is not the first time that the left has urged Biden to take such action. Thus far, he has refused.

We’ll have to see whether he now changes his mind.

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