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House Progressive Democrats Want Biden to Declare National ‘Climate Emergency’

House Progressive Democrats Want Biden to Declare National ‘Climate Emergency’

Democrats want to ban oil drilling on federal lands and end fossil fuel subsidies.

Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives want to call on Biden to use his executive power to declare climate change a national emergency and to ban fossil fuel drilling on public lands.

The request from the Congressional Progressive Caucus comes as many Democratic clean energy priorities have stalled in Congress. The push for the sweeping use of the executive powers expected from the group of nearly 100 lawmakers on Thursday will also touch issues such as student loan debt, voting rights and immigration.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), a caucus member, told POLITICO that calling on Biden to declare a climate emergency would be one of the “centerpiece” actions to headline their executive order plan.

I have diligently covered the coronavirus pandemic for the past 2 years. Clearly, Democrats have taken all the wrong lessons from the pandemic, in terms of selecting actions that are in the nation’s best interest.

However, in terms of holding on to power and using it, the Democrats have developed an effective playbook.

1) Declare a national emergency, asserting we have to act now or there will be death on a global scale (and there is no time for validating scientific research).
2) Use the bureaucracy to enforce rules rather than have Congress create real laws.
3) Denounce anyone who doesn’t agree with the policies, and has alternative solutions, as an Earth-hating denier.
4) Dismiss any scientific study that doesn’t validate claims as “misinformation”.
5) Use government funds to support research that further enhances the policies you have established.
6) Make sure you have financial ties to all the industries that are supporting your plans.

It looks like I am going to have to dust off my meteorology, climatology, and geologic history books.

The Democrats also want to use the “climate crisis” to restart the Build Back Better social spending bill.

Now with Biden’s Build Back Better Act — and the more than $550 billion contained within to fight climate change — suspended amid objections from Republicans and Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, progressives a launching a Plan B. Their new campaign is designed to get Biden to declare an emergency to stave off global warming.

“If we can’t work with Manchin to get Build Back Better done, it’s time to use his executive authority,” said Representative Jared Huffman, a California Democrat, and one of several in the Congressional Progressive Caucus urging Biden to use emergency authority. “It’s one of the clearest ways to bolster his authority and open up some policy options so he can meet the moment.”

Backing the new push is Representative Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, who wrote legislation mandating national climate emergency declaration, along with progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“The scientists, experts, and all of our own lived experiences in the past few years make it clear: this is a climate emergency and it is past time to take action,” Blumenauer said.

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Comments

2smartforlibs | March 17, 2022 at 3:03 pm

Liberal Playbook: People willingly give up right if you can terrify them enough.

    Peabody in reply to 2smartforlibs. | March 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Liberal Playbook: Never pick a candidate to run for president whom you cannot control. Get a vegetable to run so you can have full control once you get them into office.

    Whitewall in reply to 2smartforlibs. | March 17, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    The only ‘climate emergency’ at the moment is the one Democrats are facing come November.

      The_Mew_Cat in reply to Whitewall. | March 18, 2022 at 10:32 am

      The Democrats will declare a nuclear war emergency once Putin uses nukes, and just cancel the Midterm Election.They will simply extend all expiring congressional terms 2 years.

I want these douche bags calling for this suicidal insanity to spend a year on an island with no energy produced from hydrocarbons and no products made from hydrocarbons. Only then may they pontificate about the green new deal.

Close The Fed | March 17, 2022 at 3:18 pm

Contra science and we all know it.

Lo-info folks eat it up.

Propogandist/brainwashing experts is how this is being accomplished.

The people that want to be on top of the heap show their uselessness & viciousness every day.

We should defenestrate them immediately, as of 60 years ago.

    Peabody in reply to Close The Fed. | March 17, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    “Lo-info folks eat it up.”

    Eventually you reach a point where even lo-info folks can’t afford to buy gas.

      nordic_prince in reply to Peabody. | March 17, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      Good thing there are electric cars for them to buy, then. Boy, that Pete sure is a smart fellow – how lucky we are that he’s working tirelessly on the job to solve this problem 😛

      CommoChief in reply to Peabody. | March 17, 2022 at 7:25 pm

      Generally speaking, low info voters are those who work outside an office. It’s a whole lot easier to browse a news site on a coffee break or just goofing off when you have a CPU on a desk as opposed to driving a rig, working on a pipeline, a construction site, at another skilled trade or otherwise not in an office all day. Especially when you are your own boss.

      There are very few unifying moments in American life anymore. One is filling up with gas another is the purchase of groceries. Regular, workaday folks may not have read the latest article or viewed the newest podcast but they damn sure notice the increase in costs for food and fuel. That’s why the admin is spinning ‘Putin’s price hike’ so hard. They desperately need to fix blame anywhere but the failed Biden energy policy.

        Close The Fed in reply to CommoChief. | March 17, 2022 at 8:15 pm

        To some extent you are correct, but you don’t have to have viewed the latest podcast to know that plants need carbon dioxide so limiting it is counterproductive to plant life.

          CommoChief in reply to Close The Fed. | March 17, 2022 at 10:05 pm

          Exactly, any HS graduate should be able to remember that. They may not know about the Maunder minimum or the effects of the sun on temperature change or that we may be entering a period of prolonged cooling due to decreased solar activity. These sorts of things are available in academic works, accessible on line in various formats; general interest websites including podcasts.

          These hardworking folks, particularly the self employed, don’t frequent the internet or read these books; not because they are stupid or disinterested, far from it, they are too busy working and too tired at the end of the day. That’s one reason for the popularity of talk radio. People can listen during the working hours while they are turning wrenches.

      henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | March 17, 2022 at 8:14 pm

      It’s impossible to be lo-info enough to starve.
      Uncle Sugar always finds more of our money to keep you breathing.

    It’s not about science. It’s about destroying the middle class, to consoldate power and wealth in a chosen few, including vassals of whatever hideous Putin-like government the left dreams of installing in America.

    You all DO remember when the left had a love affair with Putin, don’t you?

    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/04/08/remembering-the-lefts-love-affair-with-russia-and-its-communism-621966/

    https://dailycaller.com/2017/03/02/exclusive-the-american-lefts-love-affair-with-putins-russian-tv/

“…will also touch issues such as student loan debt, voting rights and immigration.”

We will find that there is no progressive issue that the “climate emergency” doesn’t touch. The list is actually much longer than this.

This is the ultimate hail-mary play. An admission that their chances of holding onto power are so slim that they need to dissolve democracy with the stroke of a pen.

    TheOldZombie in reply to james h. | March 17, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    “We have to suspend the Constitution to save the environment. Once it’s saved we’ll bring the Constitution back. In the meantime everyone hand in their firearms. Non-approved political groups are banned and we will approve all purchases. To protect the environment.”

Do it, and you’ll have them Democrats voting Republican for fifty years.

Researchers who want funding must produce results that support The Science™ narrative as defined by leftists who control the money. Nice cozy arrangement.

Being able to keep more of the money you make is NOT a subsidy.

TheOldZombie | March 17, 2022 at 3:51 pm

“ban fossil fuel drilling on public lands”

Are they trying for $20 a gallon of gas?

Leftism is a mental disease.

Only thing holding him back is elections 2022. If Republicans don’t gain sufficiently he will do this after the election

    stevewhitemd in reply to gonzotx. | March 17, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    I worry that if it looks like, in the last week of October, that the Pubs will gain sufficiently then he’ll do it on November 1st, suspend rights, ram all this through and ‘postpone’ the elections.

    Alternately, that the Dems have figured out how to cheat effectively right down to the individual House races and statehouses.

      taurus the judge in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 18, 2022 at 9:36 am

      Fortunately no.

      Contrary to internet myth and urban legend, the Constitution does NOT give the POTUS unilateral authority to suspend Habeas and where it is requires very specific approvals and circumstances which are not present.

      Yes the left knows how to cheat but its not foolproof and requires RINO support to pull it off and then hide it from discovery. We have to stay on the RINO.

        The_Mew_Cat in reply to taurus the judge. | March 18, 2022 at 10:36 am

        In a “nuclear war emergency” anything is possible. The first time Putin uses a nuke outside of Ukraine (this will happen), Biden will suspend Habeas, close all courts, declare martial law, cancel the upcoming Midterm Election, and extend all expiring congressional terms 2 years.

Numerous progressive websites list 12-15 tax provisions as “tax subsidies”. Basically any tax deduction for an out of pocket cash expenditure is a subsidy in the minds of the anti fossil fuel activists

As a tax professional in federal and state taxation, I can confirm, the only actual subsidy in the tax code is percentage depletion in excess of basis which only applies to the non intergrated producers.

They want Biden to declare. Well I declare!

“Presidential Impersonator Biden does not have the authority either to choose a question nor answer it without a script. Jen Psaki does have both of those authorities. So it is obvious that Psaki is above Biden in the non-Biden white house administration.” (quote)

Maybe they could have Psaki declare.

    henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | March 17, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    “House Progressive Democrats Want Biden to Declare National ‘Climate Emergency’”
    Some wagster with the ear of the president should persuade him to declare that he is a woman. Point out that this would make him the “First Female President,” a meaningless but shiny bauble that no Democrat could possibly resist.
    “We’ll have those chicks voting Republican for the next 200 years.”

Political climate (PC). Survey says: pin the tail on the Ass. Let the braying progress.

Go Green with diverse subsidies, scientific myths, a catastrophic theory about models/hypotheses, and shared/shifted responsibility (e.g. labor and environmental arbitrage) for a laundered, intermittent/renewable, toxic blight. Forward!

As for oil and other reliable, high density, safe, organic, biodegradable feedstock, emit, responsibility, carbon dioxide for a greening and living world. Think of the carbon-based children! our Posterity, excluded under emanations from penumbras/fringe.

The greedy little (censoreds) were so happy with jamming people into masks and locking them in their basements that they see yet another way to get their grubby little hands on power. They are vile power-mad beasts, and will only be happy when everybody is crushed beneath their heels.

Ahem. I mean no, I don’t support this.

They have the playbook on how to grind down the economy they will use it again. This business uses too much energy or pollution so shut it down immediately.

Another Voice | March 17, 2022 at 5:35 pm

Biden can declare all his left wing policy he wants. The current elected minority Republicans will be there to point out the absurdities. As it stands now, Biden’s actions now have a 10 month shelf life. What he and even possibly “she” will be left with coming November elections will be a “a 24 month Veto Pen” with a limited amount of ink. The legacy of this term of Democrat majority will be how quickly and how badly they diminished our country beyond the pale and took us back 40 years. It is predicted to regain the strength of influence and financial stability will be a minimum of 10 years to achieve a point in time where we were 26 months ago. Once we get there, it will be on dedicated conservatives to stay committed to counter the minority* who have taken root in the Democrat party.

*Minority as proven in the findings of today’s Fuzzy Slippers recap of
YouGov. statistical findings.

    taurus the judge in reply to Another Voice. | March 18, 2022 at 9:07 am

    As much as I wish you were right, you aren’t.

    The reality is this- our single biggest problem is the RINO.

    We need to keep focus and perspective and never lose sight of the basal reality here.

    The left is the left- they have always been evil and anti-American focused on their version of global domination and always will be. All they have really done is become bold- they are not significantly stronger now than after Dubya. Nothing new there- just more of it.

    The left never “beat” us- we have been SOLD OUT by the Rino.

    The left only TRIED to steal the election- they were caught in real time ( they are not supreme beings with impunity or even great devious Lex Luthor level planners. They are actually quite stupid most of the time and easily thwarted)

    It was the RINO that gave them cover, enabled them, obfuscated the investigations and even now in several states trying to obstruct actions.

    It was the RINO that never brought Clinton to justice.

    It was the RINO that never sent a repeal of O care to Trump.

    It was the RINO justices that sold us out.

    The list goes on.

    I’m not concerned with “beating” the left- they are not good fighters and lose quickly when challenged.

    I am concerned that if we do not cull the RINO population, we will accomplish a net ZERO even when we get a majority.

nordic_prince | March 17, 2022 at 5:48 pm

With emergency powers, who needs a legistlature at this point? They’ll just get in the way, if anything.

It must be frustrating for the global warming alarmists to be losing the current battle for crisis management to the warmongering neocons leading us into WWIII. Nothing is going right for anyone these days. Too many leaders, too little leadership. Tower of Babel redux. Word salad anyone?

filiusdextris | March 17, 2022 at 9:00 pm

I say bring it on. We need some more ripe cases to curtail what people may believe is the extent of executive power under the Constitution.

Having squeezed all the blood out of the covid scam the left decides they need another “Emergency” so they can continue to ignore the Constitution while doing as much damage as possible before the mid-terms.

I’m shocked.

taurus the judge | March 18, 2022 at 7:21 am

Come on all

See this for exactly what it is in order to effectively combat it and don’t fall in the quicksand the enemy has set as a boobytrap.

1. All “climate change” stuff ( just lump it all in here) is a false science with a false premise disguised to give it an “Aire” of legitimacy. If this was truly about “saving mother Earth” and the situation was that dire- every country on Earth would have to be involved ( voluntary or by force) and there would be no allowances for “developing” of “impoverished” nations.

2. The left WANTS you to fall into the “mire” trap ( quicksand) to consume all your efforts, energy and resources fighting a straw man argument. They do this by keeping everyone focused on how “stupid” the left is and trying to “show they are wrong” and all that when they know its a scam coming out of the gate. They WANT you to think you are “smarter” than them ( just like a mark always things he can game the con man) because you get “appeased’ and this lets them win.

3. The truth is 2 fold in terms of what this truly is:

A- Climate Change actively is a scam with the sole purpose of wealth redistribution in order to “break” people financially in a Cloward-Piven scenario in order to increase govt dominion over the sheeple.

B- Climate Change is passively a “control technique” rather than say a “conquering army” taking over a population and forcing edicts ( which generate and fuel opposition)- this is a subtle “no specific enemy” type of overall control from an infinite number of “rules and regulations” covering a broad spectrum of life.

This is similar to the frog boiling scenario but it gives no clear “responsible party ( Alinsky technique) to focus opposition against and it breeds surrender through a combination of personal frustration combined with the inability to create “organized resistance” against a specific entity ( cant shoot down a cloud no matter how many missiles you have) as well as a truly 360 degree attack hitting at all points at all times.

We are not ignorant of his schemes.

We must stop calling these people “progressives”, cede NOTHING. They are Communists, period.

Steven Brizel | March 18, 2022 at 8:47 am

The positions advocated by the radical Progressive Caucus are a prime exhibit of why the Founding Fathers recognized the need for a Senate with room for debate and even the need for a filibuster to cool off the populist sentiments of the House