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White House officials are scrambling to advance the president’s environmental agenda after talks with Sen. Joe Manchin III stalled

Some Democrats have held out hope they can still strike a deal with the moderate lawmaker, who has raised fiscal concerns about his party’s spending ambitions all along. But Manchin skipped a lunch for Democratic senators on Tuesday, where at least one member of his caucus delivered an impassioned plea for a congressional response to the fast-warming planet.

“If we leave here, go home, without having followed through … we’ve made a huge mistake,” said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), the leader of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He told reporters he delivered that message to fellow Democrats and to Manchin privately.

The prospect of a national climate emergency in particular has come up in conversations among top administration officials, climate activists and Democratic lawmakers, some of whom expect Biden to outline other policy initiatives Wednesday aimed at curbing planet-warming emissions. The White House has billed the president’s address as one focused on “tackling the climate crisis and seizing the opportunity of a clean energy future to create jobs and lower costs for families.”

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“Starting with an emergency declaration is a good place to start, but then you actually have to do the things to lower emissions,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told reporters Tuesday, adding he is “looking forward to those steps.” Asked whether the White House had talked to members of Congress about issuing a climate emergency, Whitehouse merely replied: “Yes.”

The flurry of developments came on a day when the consequences of global warming appeared stark: Another punishing heat wave has descended on the central United States, and a similar weather pattern is sparking wildfires and breaking temperature records across Europe.

“Right now you’ve got Europe on fire, record temperatures in Great Britain. … They’re trying to have the Tour de France and they’re having problems keeping enough water to keep people going,” Carper said. “And we’re here talking about not doing climate before the end of this session. I think that’s an incredible mistake.”

People living in tents last month during a heat advisory in Atlanta. (Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg)

The president himself raised the prospect of executive action on climate change last week, as talks collapsed between Democratic leaders and Manchin over what might have been the largest infusion of climate-related spending in U.S. history.

Initially, Democrats had hoped to invest more than $500 billion in new programs to cut emissions and support new technologies, including electric vehicles, before Manchin raised objections to the Build Back Better Act. The West Virginian’s opposition proved politically fatal, since party lawmakers require his vote to advance any bill using the process known as reconciliation — a tactic that allows Democrats to sidestep a GOP filibuster in the narrowly divided chamber.

Democrats soon set about rethinking their plans, eyeing what might have been $300 billion in climate-focused investments in a bid to satisfy Manchin. But the moderate senator, who represents a coal-heavy state, last week said he could not support his party’s attempts to advance such spending this month amid record-high inflation.

Manchin later expressed an openness to tackling climate change but said he would do so only after seeing another round of indicators next month. But many Democrats said they did not want to take the risk, leaving them no choice but to shelve their plans entirely — and focus their attention instead on health-care proposals Manchin does support.

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“Americans are getting mugged at the checkout counter … and that’s why we’ve got to get relief in this work period,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the leader of the tax-focused Senate Finance Committee, told reporters Tuesday.

It is unclear how, exactly, Biden plans to proceed if he opts to declare a climate emergency, which Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged him to do just days after the president took office last year.

Some climate activists have urged the White House in recent months to deploy an emergency declaration to maximum effect, arguing that it would allow the president to halt crude oil exports, limit oil and gas drilling in federal waters, and direct agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost renewable-energy sources.

But the president faces a tough balancing act as he seeks to calibrate his response to a warming planet with the recent economic reality of high gas prices. The policies could aid in Biden’s quest to halve U.S. emissions by the end of the decade compared to 2005 levels, though they still fall short of what Biden aimed to enact through his earlier economic plan, known as Build Back Better.

Any new executive action on climate also could face a formidable court challenge, which could affect the future of environmental regulations. Last month, the Supreme Court cut back the federal government’s powers to regulate power plants’ carbon emissions.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Jared Bernstein, a top White House economic adviser, emphasized that Biden would work “aggressively fight to attack climate change.”

“I think realistically there is a lot he can do and there is a lot he will do,” Bernstein said.

Dino Grandoni contributed to this report.

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“I only said Rahul Gandhi, with his beard, looks like Saddam Hussein. I didn’t say anything else,” Assam Chief Minister says in an NDTV interview

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Lady Susan Hussey, Queen’s confidante and Prince William’s godmother – profile

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Lady Susan Hussey, who has stepped down from her role as a senior palace aide, was a key and trusted figure in the British royal household for decades.

The 83-year-old is godmother to Prince William, the Prince of Wales, and was one of Queen Elizabeth II’s closest confidantes.

She was her longest-serving lady-in-waiting – with the title Woman of the Bedchamber – having first been recruited in 1960. Lady Hussey was also portrayed briefly in the current season of the popular Netflix series, The Crown.

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Susan Katharine Hussey, Baroness Hussey of North Bradley, was born in 1939, the fifth and youngest daughter of the 12th Earl Waldegrave and Mary Hermione, Countess Waldegrave.

She has two children – one of whom, daughter Katharine, followed her mother into royal service, and serves as an official companion to Camilla, the Queen Consort.

Queen Elizabeth II Laughing With Her Lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey As They Gather Bouquets Of Flowers During A Walkabout On Her Jubilee Tour.IMAGE SOURCE, TIM GRAHAM
Lady Susan Hussey gathers bouquets during a walkabout with the Queen on her Jubilee Tour, 2002

Lady Hussey started working for the Royal Family in the same year the Queen gave birth to her third child, Prince Andrew.

At first, her role was to help answer letters, eventually becoming part of a close-knit inner circle of ladies-in-waiting with unrivaled knowledge of the workings of the palace.

The role of lady-in-waiting was typically given to wealthy aristocrats who were not paid a salary but becoming Woman of the Bedchamber was considered an extremely prestigious role.

Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip Seated On Thrones At The State Opening Of Parliament Held In The House Of Lords. The Queen And Prince Philip Are Accompanied By Ladies-in-waiting And Pages Of Honour. The Ladies-in-waiting Are Diana Lady Farnham And Lady Susan Hussey (far Right). (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)IMAGE SOURCE,TIM GRAHAM
Lady Susan Hussey (far right) accompanying the Queen and Prince Philip at the State Opening of Parliament, 2004

She sat alongside the Queen in the royal Bentley on the journey to the funeral of Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 2022, and led members of the royal household at her funeral at Westminster Abbey in September of the following year.

Buckingham Palace announced last week that Lady Hussey and the other former ladies-in-waiting who served the Queen would help King Charles III to host events and would be known as “ladies of the household”.

She resigned from that role, and apologized, after she repeatedly asked a black British charity boss where she was from at a palace event for campaigners against sexual violence against women.

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While the Royal Family knew about Queen Elizabeth’s alleged cancer, one family member was said not to have been informed for a very specific reason: Prince Harry.

The headlines surrounding the new book by  Gyles Brandreth , 74, a former MP and close friend of Queen Elizabeth , †96, and her husband Prince Philip , †99, don’t stop. In “Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait” the author not only unpacks the Queen’s relationship with her grandson Prince Harry , 38, and his wife Duchess Meghan , 41, but also about their health condition.

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Gyles Brandreth claims the monarch was suffering from a form of myeloma, “which would explain her fatigue, weight loss and the ‘mobility problems’ that we were often told about in the last year of her life.”

But while the public remained ignorant of her condition before the Queen’s death, the royal family was of course informed – except for Harry and Meghan, according to journalist  Kinsey Schofield in her “The To Di For Daily Podcast”. She believes that the emigrated couple was not informed about this and there is a very specific reason for that.

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Prince Harry is said not to have known

“Someone texted me today and said that Gyles may […] have gotten permission from the family to put this in his book to make sure it doesn’t become breaking news if Harry reveals it in ‘Spare’ , which I think is very intelligent.”

Kinsey Schofield thinks the royal family simply wanted to maintain control over whether and how this information is released. The renegade prince, whose scandalous memoir is due out in January, simply couldn’t be trusted.

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Sources used: The To Di For Daily Podcast, express.co.uk, mailplus.co.uk

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