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Climate Groups Prod Biden to Bolster Kerry by Declaring Crisis

  • Move would mirror Trump’s use of powers to build border wall
  • Biden must navigate between party’s progressives and moderates
John Kerry has been named as special presidential envoy for climate.
John Kerry has been named as special presidential envoy for climate.Photographer: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Progressive environmentalists are mounting a long-shot bid to get President-elect Joe Biden to go beyond naming a climate czar and declare an environmental national emergency, borrowing a tactic employed by President Donald Trump to fund part of his border wall.

Invoking a climate emergency could give Biden the authority to circumvent Congress and fund clean energy projects, shut down crude oil exports, suspend offshore drilling and curtail the movement of fossil fuels on pipelines, trains, and ships, according to a research note by consulting firm ClearView Energy Partners.