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Delivering remarks in Somerset, Mass., President Biden said Congress has "failed in its duty" to act on climate change and promised "formal official government action" in the coming weeks through proclamations, executive orders and regulatory power from the office of the president.
JOE BIDEN: You all have a duty right now to our economy, to our competitiveness in the world, to the young people in this nation, and to future generations-- that sounds like hyperbole, but it's not, it's real-- to act boldly on climate. And so does Congress, which, notwithstanding the leadership of the men and women that are here today, has failed in this duty. Not a single Republican in Congress stepped up to support my climate plan, not one.
So let me be clear. Climate change is an emergency. And in the coming weeks, I'm going to use the power I have as president to turn these words into formal, official government actions through the appropriate proclamations, executive orders, and regulatory power that a president possesses.
When it comes to fighting climate change, I will not take no for an answer. I will do everything in my power to clean our air and water, protect our people's health, to win the clean energy future. This, again, sounds like hyperbole. But our children and grandchildren are counting on us. Not a joke, not a joke.