President Biden says he declared a national climate emergency recently.
Biden celebrated the first anniversary of his climate bill on Wednesday. The Inflation Reduction Act includes $370 million to push the U.S. closer to cleaner energy.
On August 9, Stephanie Abrams, a Weather Channel meteorologist, asked Biden “Are you prepared to declare a national emergency with respect to climate change?”
Biden responded, “I’ve already done that. We’ve conserved more land. We’ve rejoined the Paris climate accord. We’re moving. It is the existential threat to humanity.”
Unsure of what she’d just heard, Abrams asked Biden again whether he had declared a national climate emergency.
Biden responded, “Practically speaking, yes.”
A national climate emergency is a big deal. It means Biden can mandate climate lockdowns, force Americans to buy electric vehicles, and prevent the sale of red meat in grocery stores.
Those are just a few of the drastic measures Biden can take to battle climate change.
Environmental groups have been urging Biden to declare a national climate emergency, but he hasn’t done so yet.
According to Politifact, legislation is pending in Congress to urge Biden to declare a national climate emergency.
Conservative pundits warn that Biden will declare a national climate emergency next year — just in time for the presidential elections.