White House holds off on declaring climate emergency

STORY: Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups have been calling for the White House to take aggressive measures on climate change after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said last week he was not ready to support key climate provisions in Congress.

Biden has been under pressure to declare an emergency, which would enable the use of the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of a wide range of renewable energy products and systems but the President is unlikely to take that step at this time.

The President will use his trip to underscore the historic clean energy investments his administration has made and "announce additional actions he will take to tackle the climate crisis and secure a clean energy future," Jean-Pierre said.

Biden campaigned on tough action on climate change in his presidential campaign and pledged in international climate negotiations to cut climate pollution by 50% by 2030 and reach 100% clean electricity by 2035.

During his trip to Somerset, Massachusetts, Biden will visit a former coal plant, which has been converted into a manufacturing facility for undersea cables used for offshore wind production.

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