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Biden Cites Climate Threat, Stops Short of Declaring Emergency

  • President outlines new moves in Massachusetts speech
  • Other steps under consideration, further announcements pledged
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President Joe Biden called climate change an “existential threat” and unveiled new policies to fight its effects -- including opening additional offshore areas to wind farms -- after Senator Joe Manchin’s objections halted broader legislation to curb rising temperatures.

Provisions Biden unveiled Wednesday include moving to expand wind power generation and the availability of efficient home cooling systems, as well as allocating emergency funding for infrastructure and projects like cooling stations in places facing extreme heat.