Texas Congressman August Pfluger, a Republican, along with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, introduced a new bill on Monday that is seeking to prevent attempts by President Joe Biden to use his emergency powers to try and get around congressional checks on his climate agenda. Which is a very, very good measure to put in place. Look at the damage that was done by this administration and the emergency powers the president used at the height of the pandemic. Just imagine what could be done with the ability to declare an emergency for the climate.
It’s the kind of thought that leads to nightmares.
“‘The Real Emergencies Act’ would clarify that the president is unable to invoke emergency powers permitted by the National Emergencies Act, the Disaster Relief and Emergencies Act and the Public Health Service Act on the basis of a perceived climate change crisis. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other left-wing congressional lawmakers have called for Biden to declare a national climate emergency to further his administration’s aggressive climate agenda,” the Daily Caller reported.
“I am proud to join Senator Capito in introducing the Real Emergencies Act, which will prevent the White House from distracting from real emergencies – like skyrocketing inflation and record-high energy costs – by declaring climate change a national emergency,” Pfluger stated during a conversation with the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Our legislation ensures that President Biden does not abuse the power of his office to pursue his anti-American energy agenda against the will of the American people.”
Back in January 2021, Schumer made a declaration of climate emergency would provide President Biden with the ability to “do many, many things under the emergency powers of the President that wouldn’t have to go through – that he could do without legislation.”
The New York Democrat’s comments came right around the time the Inflation Reduction Act, which did anything but actually reduce inflation, stalled in Congress as Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat initially refused to give his support to more than a few of the legislation’s provisions.
“The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) similarly urged Biden to invoke emergency powers on the basis of a perceived climate emergency to ‘invoke authorities under the Defense Production Act and Trade Expansion Act, mobilizing domestic industry to manufacture affordable renewable energy technologies.’ The CPC also demanded in the same March 2022 document that Biden unilaterally ban fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and halt all crude oil exports, some four months before Manchin eventually reached a July 2022 deal with Schumer to support the Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate,” the Daily Caller report said.
After Manchin’s support was fully secured, the president then signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law in Aug. 2022, which was just three months before the GOP managed to grab control of the House in the midterm elections. While he was campaigning for president in 2019, Biden made a “guarantee” that his administration would bring an end to fossil fuels.
This is the part where Biden decided to do what any big government goon would do and take full advantage of the COVID-19 emergency powers he was granted in order to slap an indefinite pause on student loan payments along with a federal eviction moratorium. The national emergency that came from the coronavirus pandemic was only brought to an end by the president in April of this year. He had admitted six months before that, in September 2022, that the pandemic was “over.”
In other words, he allowed himself to keep the emergency powers for six months after the actual end of the pandemic. You cannot trust a liberal with political power. It’s almost guaranteed it will be abused and used as a tool to further their own agenda.
“The Biden administration has repeatedly governed by executive overreach when it comes to energy and environmental regulations, ignoring the law and doing so without congressional approval,” Capito went on to say to the DCNF. “The Real Emergencies Act would ensure the president cannot go further by declaring a national emergency, which would grant him more executive authority and grow the size of government all in the name of climate change.”
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