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President Biden announced on Wednesday that he will implement a number of executive actions focused on combating climate change.
Biden’s executive actions come after Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., reportedly said he would not support a package before the midterm elections that includes some energy and climate provisions, while his spokesman told Fox News Digital that Manchin wants to “avoid taking action. which adds fuel to the inflation fire. “
Included in the executive actions is an effort to “protect communities from extreme heat and hazardous climates”, which includes $ 2.3 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program in 2022, which is intended to help communities “increase resilience to heat waves, droughts, forest fires, floods, hurricanes and other dangers by preparing for disaster”, according to the White House.
Biden’s executive actions also include an attempt to lower the cooling costs of communities suffering from extreme heat, as the White House provides guidance that will help states, tribes and territories in their funding of community cooling centers, as well as help people within their communities gain access to refrigeration equipment.
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In addition, the Biden administration will consider potential wind power projects in the Gulf of Mexico, which are being proposed off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and off the coast of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The White House estimates that the projects have the potential to drive over three million homes with “clean energy”.
Biden also instructs the Secretary of the Interior to “promote the development of clean energy” off the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to ensure that “these southeastern states will be able to benefit from well-paid jobs in the growing offshore wind industry.”
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Biden said while announcing the executive actions in Somerset, Massachusetts, that climate change is an “emergency.”
“This is an emergency – an emergency – and I want to look at it that way,” Biden said. “I said last week, I will say it again, loud and clear. As President, I will use my executive powers to fight climate change, the climate crisis in the absence of congressional action.”
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A senior White House official said the climate crisis was an “urgent” challenge, adding that “what has already been unleashed on climate change is devastating.”