U.S. President Joe Biden Announces Executive Actions on Climate Change

United States President Joe Biden announced on July 20 a set of few executive actions to address climate change, but it falls short of what he proposed at the beginning of his presidency.

The executive actions, which are focused on helping Americans face extreme heat, come after failed efforts in Congress to strike a deal on climate change. 

“Congress is not acting as it should… As President, I’ll use my executive powers to combat the climate crisis in the absence of congressional actions, notwithstanding their incredible action,” Biden said in remarks at Brayton Point, a former coal-fired powerplant in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Biden said that his administration will direct $2.3 billion in funding for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities build infrastructure that can withstand disasters.

Biden also said that his administration will broaden the low-income energy assistance program to include cooling centers and energy-efficient air conditioners.

The Interior Department will propose the first wind energy areas in the Gulf of Mexico, which could potentially power over three million homes, as part of the executive actions, according to a White House fact sheet.

Biden did not declare a climate national emergency, but he suggested that he would do so soon.

“Let me be clear: Climate change is an emergency. And in the coming weeks, I’m going to use the power I have as President to turn these words into formal, official government actions through the appropriate proclamations, executive orders, and regulatory power that a president possesses,” Biden said.

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