Is Climate Change a National Emergency?
• "To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial profits of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse… They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives." Source: Former POTUS Donald Trump (United States of America)
• "This bill is a good sign that our leaders are finally understanding what young people and climate activists have been shouting from the rooftops for years - that the fires that burned our homes to rubble, the floods that took our family and friends with them, are a climate emergency, and bold action must be done now to save our humanity and our future." Source: Varshini Prakash (Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement)
The Climate Emergency Act would require that President Biden declare a national emergency with respect to climate change. Under the National Emergencies Act, this declaration by Biden would unlock an additional 136 statutory powers of executive use, such as authority over land management and military deployment. The bill cites indicators of the climate emergency, such as that 2010-2019 was the hottest decade on record and the growing prevalence of climate-related natural disasters. Sponsor: Representative Earl Blumenauer (Democrat, Oregon, District 3)
- Chuck Shumer Wants Biden to Declare a 'Climate Emergency.' What Does That Mean? (Grist)
- Declaring Climate Change an ‘Emergency’ Won’t help Biden Fight It (Washington Post)
- The Climate Emergency: 2020 in Review (Scientific American)
- Biden’s Climate Change agenda will Face Big Obstacles with Evenly Divided Senate (CNBC)