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Dem Sen Majority Leader Schumer urges Biden ‘to call a climate emergency’ – ‘He can do many, many things under the emergency powers…without legislation’

Schumer urges Biden to declare climate emergency

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said last night he would attempt to pass President Biden’s climate agenda with a simple majority, and he urged the president to unlock additional powers by declaring climate change a national emergency.

“We’re looking at how we make ‘build it back better’ fit — as much of it into reconciliation as we can,” Schumer said in an interview on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” referring to the slogan of Biden’s climate and infrastructure plan.

Reconciliation could allow Democrats to pass massive electric vehicle subsidies, Schumer said, referring to his own “Clean Cars for America” proposal (E&E Daily, Oct. 25, 2019).

Unprompted, Schumer suggested last night that climate programs left out of reconciliation could be enacted if Biden declares climate a national emergency. He cited the precedent of President Trump’s emergency declaration to build walls along the border with Mexico.

“Can I say one more thing on climate — I think it might be a good idea for President Biden to call a climate emergency,” Schumer said. “Then he can do many, many things under the emergency powers of the president that wouldn’t have to go through — that he could do without legislation.”

Schumer said an emergency declaration would give Biden “more flexibility.”

“[I’m] just asking.” he said. “Let them look at it. Y’know, I have a lot of faith … they’ll make a good and right decision.”

Democrats are still debating how far they can push the rules of reconciliation, with some progressives arguing that as much as a clean electricity standard could pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian.

Biden’s “Build Back Better” climate plan calls for $2 trillion of infrastructure spending over four years, construction of 1.5 million sustainable homes, plugging a quarter-million abandoned oil and gas wells, and putting the electricity sector on a path to decarbonization by 2035.


Also see Fox News: “Trump used this emergency for a stupid wall, which wasn’t an emergency. But if there ever was an emergency, climate is one,” Schumer added.

Republicans have warned that Trump using a national emergency to handle immigration and fund the border wall might set a troubling precedent.

“If today, the national emergency is border security … tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on CNBC in 2019.


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