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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Biden regards spending plans as the key to combating climate change

Biden regards spending plans as the key to combating climate change

Arvada, Colorado-On Tuesday, President Joe Biden tried to advance his domestic spending plan in Colorado by warning of the dangers of climate change, while emphasizing how his clean energy proposal would also create high-paying jobs.

The trip to the Flatiron campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory outside of Denver ended the president’s two-day trip to the west, which gave Biden the opportunity to continue to link the need to pass his spending plan with the immediate threat posed by climate change.

Biden said: “This is good news: things caused by humans can be solved by humans.” He believes that the necessity of a clean energy future is “economic needs and national security needs”, and said that there is no time to waste because of climate change. The impact seems to become more serious year by year.

Biden said that extreme weather events this year will cause more than 100 billion U.S. dollars in losses. He emphasized that his goal is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and at the same time to completely use carbon-free electricity by 2035.

“We can do this. We can do it all by creating good jobs, reducing consumer and business costs, and making us a global leader,” the president said.

Biden talked about “creating more jobs for the economy” during an earlier visit when he inspected a huge windmill blade on the ground outside the laboratory and demonstrated wind turbine technology.

Moreover, he was keenly aware of the delicate work being done in Washington to formulate the details of his infrastructure plus spending plan. He signaled to Democratic lawmakers to participate in the tour and said, “They are the ones approved by Congress.”

‘Crisis and…opportunity’

Biden spent Monday in Boise, Idaho, and Sacramento, California, listening to briefings on the devastating wildfire season and viewing the damage to communities around Lake Tahoe by the Kaldor Fire.

“We cannot ignore the reality that climate change has exacerbated these wildfires,” Biden said, noting that the catastrophic weather did not occur based on partisan ideology. “This has nothing to do with the red or blue state. It has to do with the fire. It’s just the fire.”

Throughout his itinerary, Biden has used wildfires throughout the region as an argument for his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and an additional $3.5 trillion spending package. The President stated that every dollar spent on “flexibility” will save $6 in future costs. He proposed that reconstruction must not only simply restore damaged systems, but also ensure that communities can withstand such crises.

“In the final analysis, this has nothing to do with the Red State or the Blue State. There is no property line in sight of drought or fire,” Biden said. “No matter which party you belong to…. Yes, we are facing a crisis, but we are facing an unprecedented crisis.”

The climate clauses in the Biden plan include tax incentives for clean energy and electric vehicles, shifting the economy from fossil fuels to investments in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, and the creation of a civilian climate force.

Biden has set the goal of eliminating fossil fuel pollution in the power sector by 2035 and the overall US economy by 2050.

‘We must look at the big picture’

The president’s two-day event in the West is at a critical moment in the core content of his legislative agenda. Legislators on Capitol Hill are working hard to gather the details of the infrastructure plus plan — and how to pay for it. This is not just a matter of concern to Republicans.

With the unified opposition of Republicans in Congress, Biden needs to overcome the skepticism of two key centrist Democrats in the deeply divided Senate. Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Kelsten Cinemas in Arizona expressed concern about the scale of the 3.5 trillion dollar spending plan.

In California, Biden appears to have responded to those worried about the scale of the plan, saying that the cost “may be” as high as $3.5 trillion and will be spread over 10 years, during which the economy is expected to grow. He also insisted that when addressing the issue of climate change, “we must look at the big picture.”

“Think small is the prescription for disaster,” he said.

The 100-member Senate is divided equally between Democrats and Republicans. In view of the strong opposition from the Republican Party, Biden’s plan would not pass the Senate without the support of Manchin or the cinema. The legislative push was made at a critical moment for Biden. After the turbulent withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan and the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the highly contagious delta variant, Biden’s poll numbers fell sharply.

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