Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport
Democrats are encountering challenges in pushing forward their ambitious Green New Deal through traditional democratic channels. In response, they are urging President Joe Biden to leverage abstract threats and real crises to achieve their goals. Despite last year’s “Inflation Reduction Act” that allocated over $600 billion for renewable energy and climate initiatives, proponents of the Green New Deal remain unsatisfied. Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) penned a letter in July 2022, calling on Biden to utilize executive powers to address the climate crisis, frustrated by the lack of legislative progress.
Now, left-leaning figures are using events like the Hawaii wildfires as grounds for declaring a national climate emergency. Markey, co-author of the original Green New Deal resolution, argued that the recent devastation in Maui highlights the urgent need for such a declaration. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) echoed this sentiment, advocating for Biden to unlock federal resources and emergency powers to combat climate disasters.
Biden indicated that he had already practically declared a climate emergency, citing conservation efforts, rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, and investing in climate initiatives. However, experts caution that such a declaration could grant Biden unchecked authority, leading to concerns about potential abuse of power. Even left-leaning analysts express worries about undermining democracy and concentrating political power through emergency declarations.
Despite potential legal challenges and implications for gas prices and re-election chances, speculation persists that Biden may proceed with the declaration. The notion of advancing the Green New Deal by decree remains divisive and fraught with uncertainties.