Sources: White House could declare climate emergency as soon as Wednesday

July 20, 2022

President Joe Biden could declare a climate emergency as soon as Wednesday, July 20, two sources familiar with the plans told The Hill on Tuesday.

One of the sources said that federal agencies are expecting an executive order declaring a climate emergency as soon as tomorrow, but it’s not entirely clear what it will entail.

A second source also said the declaration could come on Wednesday. A third person confirmed that a climate emergency declaration was under consideration by the White House, as first reported by  The Washington Post. 

Asked for comment, a White House official said that many options are under consideration. “The President made clear that if the Senate doesn’t act to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen our domestic clean energy industry, he will. We are considering all options and no decision has been made,” the person said in an email.

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