CNN’s climate correspondent Bill Weir declared Tuesday that the “fate of life on Earth is at stake” as more than 200 congressional and government bureaucrat staffers pleaded for President Joe Biden to save the world from certain doom, which they believe he can do with the stroke of his executive pen.
Additionally, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had to endure a sit-in at his office from congressional staffers singing their demands through masked faces, petitioning for a restart of negotiations from the Senate Majority Leader, an act of protest which led to several of the whiners being arrested and hauled away so Schumer could get some work done.
Weir said he believes the letter to Biden is an effective “uprising” that could spur the president into declaring an emergency over the perceived existential threat that is our atmosphere.
“How would a declaration of a national emergency help now?” host Poppy Harlow asked Weir.
“Well, it would vary, depending on how ambitious the president wanted to be with that particular tool,” he replied. “He’s already used sort of provisions of the War Powers Act to ramp up production of fire hoses out west when there was a shortage of that.”
He added, “There are those that say if you declare a national emergency … shut down drilling offshore immediately, stop investment on exports immediately. These sorts of signals that the cause of this problem is the kind of fuels that leak and burn that the world depends on in so many different ways. But the need to move away from them.”
“That’s why I think you are seeing this sort of uprising among staffers who thought they had the best chance in recent political history to lead on climate and nothing’s happening,” Weir opined.
Co-host Jim Sciutto brought up the recent heat waves that are affecting much of the Northern Hemisphere – heat waves that leftists are perpetually surprised by when that phenomenon known as summer comes around each year.
“So where does that leave things?” he wondered. “We have more than 35 million Americans – they’re under heat alerts this morning. I don’t want you to do a deep dive on how climate change has created the conditions for a lot of these things … but what can the administration do next? They may very well lose the House or the Senate in several months’ time. What should folks look for?”
Weir responded with the fallback that it’s all Joe Manchin’s fault nothing can get done, while also claiming the Senate filibuster is a recently “made-up” rule. That is, as long as 1837 can be considered “recent,” which is when the first successful filibuster was recorded.
“That is the big question that the president says his lawyers are working on right now – to what extent they can stretch his executive powers without any legislative help,” he replied.
“It’s interesting that the letter from staffers, part of their plea, is please get Joe Manchin to change his mind. This is hung up on an old-fashioned filibuster, sort of recent made-up American rules where the fate of life on earth is at stake.”
“Now, if this were F.D.R., if this were the ’40s, if this was after Pearl Harbor, maybe you would nationalize in the way that they tried to get Ford and Chevy to make ventilators for COVID. Why not throw the military might behind that? Why not use the military’s footprints as a symbol of a transition?” Weir asked rhetorically.
“The carbon reduction in the infrastructure bill is one-sixth of what the Pentagon emits around the world with all the bases, weapons factories. So to put this in perspective – Hillary Clinton was going to declare this on day one, a national emergency, just to set the conversation in this way.”
Weir concluded, “What is the target to fight that? It should touch every Cabinet office. Really? Holistically? That’s what people are waiting to see, is what the president does, now that he really doesn’t have the courts or Congress on his side in any meaningful way. And Jim, I actually spoke to your old high school recently. The debate, the topic of the last debate was, can a democracy even survive a climate crisis? The proof that we see around is the American form of democracy, the 2022 version, certainly cannot.”
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