Biden holds off — for now — on climate emergency declaration

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President Joe Biden will travel to Massachusetts on Wednesday to promote new efforts to combat climate change. However, the White House says the president will not declare an emergency that would unlock federal resources to deal with the issue despite increasing pressure from climate activists and Democratic lawmakers. The White House says it has not ruled out issuing such a declaration later, which would allow the president to reroute funds to climate efforts without congressional approval. On Wednesday, Biden will announce other new climate actions when he visits a former coal-fired power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts, that shuttered in 2017 but has since been reborn as a wind power facility.

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