President Biden will visit the shuttered Brayton Point power plant in Somerset on Wednesday amid speculation that he may soon declare the climate crisis a national emergency, officials said Tuesday.
“President Biden will travel to Somerset, Massachusetts” on Wednesday, the White House said in a statement. “The President will deliver remarks on tackling the climate crisis and seizing the opportunity of a clean energy future to create jobs and lower costs for families.” A person familiar with the president’s planned trip confirmed that he will visit the shuttered Brayton Point power plant, which is undergoing a transition from the old coal powered facility to wind power.
Biden has been under pressure to declare a climate emergency after his agenda stalled in the Senate again last week when Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin signaled he would not support additional measures to combat climate change. A climate emergency declaration would empower the president to be able to do more administratively to curb emissions.