US President Joe Biden said in Jefferson County on Tuesday that the US could no longer wait to make big investments in clean energy and tackle climate change.
“Climate change is here today, not next year or 10 years from now. We have to slow climate change, not in 10 years,” he said in remarks after visiting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory complex in Arvada, Which is home to the National Center for Wind Technology.
“We know what causes climate change: human activity. This is no longer a matter of debate. May I add, windmills do not cause cancer,” the Democratic president said of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. said jokingly.
Biden said that because of the research at NREL, the wind and battery technologies needed to mitigate the effects of climate change “are not science fiction.” He added that “the extreme weather we are seeing is only going to come with greater frequency and greater speed.”
“In Denver, we’re going to help Mayor (Michael) Hancock achieve his goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 80%,” Biden said, referring to one of several prominent Democrats who voted on Tuesday. had congratulated him on his first visit to the state. President.
Gov Jared Polis, Reps. Joe Negues, Jason Crowe and Ed Perlmutter and some Statehouse Democrats also attended the NREL.
Climate change is part of a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill that the US Senate passed last month — including $917 million for Colorado’s public transportation systems and $917 million to expand the state’s network of electric vehicle charging stations. 57 million are included. The bill has not yet been voted on in the US House.
Biden said the bill “contains the largest federal investment in the electricity transition in our history, so that our grid is more reliable and can carry more renewable energy, so we publicly make dramatic investments to build that new energy grid.” Good unions can create jobs. Transit.”
The president’s Colorado stop was the final leg of a two-day Western tour, following Monday’s appearances in Idaho and California. In those states, he discussed wildfire mitigation and campaigned with California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, whose election was held Tuesday.
Hours before the president’s arrival, demonstrators lined the road leading to NREL, carrying American flags and banners that read “Trump Won” and “(Explanatory) Biden.”
Biden’s remarks come at a time when Congress is crafting what he hopes will be the legislation that will help define his presidency — $3.5 of Social Safety Net programs funded by higher taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans. trillion expansion. But the plan faces an uncertain fate as all Republicans in Congress and some moderate Democrats oppose its hefty price tag.
“Rising gas prices, skyrocketing inflation, trillions of unnecessary spending, leaving Americans and allies in Afghanistan – this is the true record of the Biden-Harris administration,” Colorado Republican Party Chair Christy Burton Brown said in a statement Tuesday.