United States President Joe Biden announces a $2.3 billion investment to help build infrastructure that can withstand extreme weather conditions and natural disasters.
“The health of our citizens is literally at stake”
“The health of our citizens is literally at stake. Leading international scientists have titled the latest report from the HIM nothing less than ‘code red for humanity’ on climate,” said
Biden delivered the speech at a former coal-fired power plant that is being converted into an offshore wind power facility.
Opposition in Congress
Curbing the effects of climate change is part of Biden’s political mandate, but now the president is fighting to get legislation passed by Congress.
Earlier this week, an influential Democratic senator killed hope for a sweeping legislative package of new environmental programs for fear of job losses.
The Democratic leader of 79 lamented the opposition of Congress and declared: “Since Congress doesn’t do what it should, I’ll use my executive powers“.
Members of his party ask him to declare the “state of climate emergency“, a maneuver whose impact is not very clear, but which could give him additional political powers.
But Biden says he will announce new executive actions soon. These include additional funds to help protect regions facing extreme heat and measures to boost the production of wind power in the United States, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.
The federal government also wants to support less advantaged households and less affluent housing areas who do not have access to air conditioning, for example helping some families pay their electricity bills