Biden calls climate change an ’emergency.’ Now he’s under pressure to officially declare it one.

Joe Biden often calls climate change an “emergency.” Soon he will have to decide whether to officially declare it one when he takes office.

Some environmentalists are pushing the president-elect to proclaim global warming a national emergency, giving him more power to take executive actions to tackle it. 

“The reason to do it is not symbolic,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the green groups making the push. “It actually gives the president more power.”

But such a unilateral move may cut too much against Biden’s inclinations to try to strike deals across the aisle. 

Read the Washington Post article here.