Declaring a Climate Change Emergency: A Citizen’s Guide, Part I

Center for Progressive Reform 2022-07-19


Based on press reports, it now seems likely that President Joe Biden will soon declare climate change to be a national emergency. Would this be legal? Would it unlock important powers that could be used to fight climate change? My answers are: It would probably be legal, and it would unlock some significant powers. But an emergency declaration is not a magic wand that gives presidents a blank check. It would allow some constructive steps to be taken, but within limits.


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Daniel Farber

Date tagged:

07/19/2022, 13:31

Date published:

07/19/2022, 12:27