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Biden declares a state of emergency due to the threat of a shortage of electrical power

Biden declares a state of emergency due to the threat of a shortage of electrical power

US President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency due to a possible shortage of electricity generating capacity in the country.

In a document released by the White House, Biden states that there are “multiple factors” that threaten the US’s ability to generate the required amount of electricity.

“I, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States, by authority vested in the constitution and laws of the United States… hereby declare the existence of an emergency regarding threats to the availability of sufficient electricity generation capacity to meet consumer demand,” the statement said.

 


To solve this problem, he, in particular, exempted from import duties for a period of two years “certain solar cells and modules” imported from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.


He has previously invoked the Defense Production Act to stimulate the production of solar panels in the US. Washington hopes that this will help reduce dependence on “foreign suppliers and hostile nations.”