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President Biden: Declare a Climate Emergency!

More than a year into the Biden administration we, in the climate action movement, are facing some difficult realities. While the program Joe Biden ran on was reasonably good on climate concerns, to date very, very little has been accomplished. Why is this and what can be done about it?

To begin with, as most reading this already know, the combination of the general unwillingness of any members of the GOP in Congress to support meaningful climate action, the razor-thin majorities that the Dems have in both houses of Congress, the filibuster rule in the Senate and the opposition of at least two nominally Democratic senators to abandoning it for any purpose have made the prospects for passing the sorts of legislation we need slim to none. And this situation is likely to get worse after the mid-term elections.

To spread a little icing on the cake, Biden has been saddled with an ongoing pandemic, an economy that hit the skids and then hit inflation, both due to the pandemic, a foreign policy crisis that rivals any seen in decades and a partisan division so intense that many, perhaps most, Republicans question whether Biden actually won the presidency. As a result, while the President continues to pay lip service to climate action, he is actually doing very little right now to move forward on the climate front.

The sad irony is that there’s actually much Biden could do without Congress, and taking such action he could potentially rally large numbers of citizens and voters in the run-up to the November mid-terms.

The way forward, as we’ve been saying for many months, is to declare a Climate Emergency.

As our allies at the Center for Biologic Diversity point out, there are “key climate steps the president could take under the National Emergencies Act, the Defense Production Act and the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Declaring a national emergency would allow the president to halt crude oil exports, stop offshore oil and gas drilling, restrict international fossil fuel investment and rapidly manufacture and distribute renewable energy systems.

“‘Declaring a climate emergency isn’t a catch phrase, it’s a vital suite of actions to protect people and the planet from this crisis,’ said Jean Su, director of the Center’s energy justice program and co-author of the report. ‘In the face of delayed climate legislation, President Biden should use his tremendous executive powers to turn this emergency into an opportunity for profound economic and social transformation.’”

Green Team members, we urge you to join in the efforts of more than 1,000 organizations across the country to press President Biden to do the right thing. You can send him a clear, brief message if you click

You can also contact President Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain, at (888) 431-7599. He needs to hear, and pass on to the President, our concerns. Our message must be clear. We are in an emergency and we need to take urgent action to address this.

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And, for the 10 essential steps President Biden must take, click HERE.