Biden announces modest climate actions; pledges more to come

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SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) – President Joe Biden has announced modest new steps to combat climate change and promised more robust action to come, saying, “This is an emergency and I will look at it that way.”

The president stopped short Wednesday of issuing a formal declaration of a climate emergency.

Democrats and environmental groups have been seeking such a declaration after an influential Democratic senator quashed hopes for sweeping legislation to address global warming.

Biden hinted such a step could be coming.

During a speech at a former coal-powered plan in Massachusetts, Biden said he would use his executive powers to turn concern about a climate emergency into “formal, official government actions.”

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7/20/2022 3:32:38 PM (GMT -5:00)


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