President Joe Biden traveled to Massachusetts on Wednesday, via Air Force One and then via a motorcade, all before lecturing Americans on fossil fuels and climate change.
Air Force One, the 416.5 ton presidential aircraft landed in Rhode Island, where the President then took a motorcade to the Brayton Point Power Station, which used to coal coal and is now an off-shore windmill-generated energy plant in Somerset.
On top of the motorcade, Biden had two C-17 military planes fly in with secret service to handle his security.
“As president, I have a responsibility to act with urgency and resolve when our nation faces clear and present danger, and that’s what climate change is about. It is literally, not figuratively, a clear and present danger,” Biden said at Brayton Point. “The health of our citizens and our communities is literally at stake.”
Biden said that the climate crisis was an “emergency,” and said that he would soon use his executive power as president to “turn these words into formal, official government actions through the appropriate proclamations, executive orders, and regulatory powers that a president possesses.”
Some Democrats have been calling for Biden to declare a Climate Emergency to fund green projects. According to Bloomberg: “Senate Democrats are urging the White House to declare a “climate emergency” while dismissing any optimism that a climate change package could be moved swiftly through Congress in September.
“The potential to enact the legislation is dead,” Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday evening. “This then frees up the president to use the full powers of the executive branch. And those full powers certainly include a climate emergency.”
Such a move could give President Joe Biden broad executive authority to redirect funds for clean energy projects or restrict offshore oil drilling. The president could even use the power to curtail the movement of fossil fuels on pipelines, trains and ships.