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Biden Should Invoke National Emergency on Climate, Schumer Says

  • Move would unlock wide range of executive powers for president
  • Schumer says party can pass climate agenda using budget vote
Chuck Schumer
Chuck SchumerPhotographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency, a controversial move that would give the new administration sweeping authority to circumvent Congress to combat global warming.

Declaring a climate emergency could unlock new powers for Biden, including the ability to redirect funding for clean energy projects, shut down crude oil exports, suspend offshore drilling and curtail the movement of fossil fuels on pipelines, trains, and ships. Former President Donald Trump used the tactic in February 2019 to divert billions of dollars to start construction on the wall along the southern border after Congress refused to appropriate the funding.