Three climate advocates in Congress have come together with a bill to urge Joe Biden to declare a national climate emergency. The National Climate Emergency Act, brought by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Earl Blumenauer, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, argues that the country is out of “time and excuses,” when it comes to climate change.
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The act would give Biden extra power under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, allowing him to direct presidential powers and additional resources at the climate emergency. The group introduced a similar bill in 2019 but is more hopeful about the measure now with Biden in office.
“President Biden has done an outstanding job of prioritizing climate in the first days of his administration, but after years of blatant ignorance from Trump and Congressional republicans, an even larger mobilization is needed,” Blumenauer said in a statement alongside the proposal.
The bill would urge the executive branch to make sweeping changes to upgrade infrastructure, protect public lands and modernize buildings.
“We’ve made a lot of progress since we introduced this resolution two years ago, but now we have to meet the moment. We are out of time and excuses,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the statement, “Our country is in crisis and, to address it, we will have to mobilize our social and economic resources on a massive scale.”
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