Biden opts for more climate incrementalism, wary of declaring emergency right now (but it is coming): WSJ + NYT

WSJ: A declaration of climate emergency had been sought by a number of progressive Democrats and environmental advocacy groups.

Such a move would likely face major legal hurdles.

Industry officials have expressed opposition, saying it could raise consumer prices and kneecap U.S. energy companies.

Some expect business trade groups in Washington might file lawsuits to fight the moves that Mr. Biden would make based on any emergency declaration.

The government will support the domestic offshore wind energy industry, while also directing federal funding to help communities establish “cooling centers” as they deal with extreme summertime heat.

The administration said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will spend $2.3 billion from last year’s infrastructure-spending bill to help communities prepare for heat waves, floods and other disasters that are becoming more extreme because of climate change.

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