The president of the United States of America (US), Joe Biden, has argued that while he has not “officially” declared a national emergency on climate change, he has “practically” declared an emergency.
In an interview with The Weather Channel, Biden answered questions about climate change, renewable energy, and environmental policies.
On the reporter's question about whether he would declare a national emergency on the climate crisis, Biden stated that he had already done so.
Biden cited their re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement and the steps they have taken to tackle the climate crisis and renewed his message that the climate crisis is an "existential threat" to humanity.
When the reporter asked again whether a real national emergency would be declared in the US, Biden replied, "Practically yes."
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told CNN that Biden was referring to the decision to promote the production of renewable energy technologies. Another White House official emphasized that Biden showed sensitivity to the fight against climate change.
Environmentalists have been pressuring Biden since the early days of his presidency to declare a national emergency on the climate crisis.
They called Biden's decision to authorize the drilling of Willow Oil on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope a "betrayal".
After the President's recent remarks, environmentalists called on Biden to declare a national emergency "in reality, not in practice."