Climate initiatives were put on hold last week, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) pulling the plug on Democratic leaders’ efforts to support an economic package that contains new spending on climate or tax increases.
Nine Democratic leaders, including Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), sent a letter to Biden on Wednesday, urging him to declare a climate emergency—along with use of executive orders—to limit fossil fuel emissions.
“We need to move boldly and immediately to transition America away from fossil fuels to renewable energy like wind and solar,” Merkley wrote. “Now that it’s clear legislation to address our climate crisis is dead, President Biden needs to put us on an emergency footing to address this disaster.”
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