Denver – While legislators prepare details in Washington, President Joe Biden is ramping up his massive household spending package with a visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado to highlight that his plan includes investing in clean energy for climate change. How will it help you deal with it?
Visit to National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver Will End President’s two-day swing in the west, and provide Biden with an opportunity to continue with the need to pass a spending package for the immediate threat posed by climate change. Biden spent Monday in Boise, Idaho and Sacramento, Calif., receiving briefings on the devastating wildfire season and the damage caused by the Caldor Fire to communities around Lake Tahoe.
“We cannot ignore the reality that these wildfires are being supercharged by climate change,” Biden said, noting that the catastrophic weather is not based on partisan ideology. “It’s not about red or blue states. It’s about fire. Just fire.”
During both of his Monday halves, Biden held wildfire across the region as an argument for his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and an additional $3.5 trillion in spending. The president said that every dollar spent on “resilience” would save $6 in future costs. And he made the case that reconstruction should go beyond simply restoring damaged systems and instead ensure that communities can cope with such crises.
“These fires are shining ‘code red’ for our country. They’re gaining frequency and momentum,” Biden said after concluding his tour of the Caldor Fire Damage. “We know what we have to do.”
President Joe Biden speaks at a news conference held at Mather Airport on September 13, 2021 in Sacramento, Calif. (Nina Riggio/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
Climate provisions in Biden’s plans include tax incentives for clean energy and electric vehicles, investments to shift the economy away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources such as wind and solar power, and the creation of a civilian climate corps.
Biden aims to eliminate pollution from fossil fuels in the electricity sector by 2035, and from the US economy overall by 2050.
While in California, Biden also campaigned for Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall election on Tuesday. Speaking at a rally in Long Beach, Biden remembered the fight against “Trump Republicans trying to stop us from overcoming this pandemic” and called Newsom’s major Republican opponent “another Trump climate denier”. portrayed as.
The president’s two-day western swing comes at a turning point for the central issue of his legislative agenda. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are working to gather more plan details from the infrastructure — and how to pay for it, concerns not just Republicans.
In addition to a unified Republican opposition in Congress, Biden needs to clear the doubts of two leading centrist Democrats in the closely divided Senate. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinemas of Arizona have expressed concern about the size of the $3.5 trillion spending package.
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Manchin said on Sunday, “I can’t support $3.5 trillion,” citing a proposed increase in the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and opposition to the huge new social spending envisioned by the president. Munchkin also complained about a process he said felt rushed.
In California, Biden responded to those concerned about the size of the plan, saying the cost “could” be as much as $3.5 trillion and would be spread over 10 years, a period during which the economy is expected to grow. have hope. He also emphasized that, when it comes to addressing climate change, “we have to think big.”
“Thinking small is a recipe for disaster,” he said.
The 100-member Senate is divided equally between Democrats and Republicans. Given the GOP’s solid opposition, Biden’s plan could not pass the Senate without Munchin’s or cinema’s backing.
The White House is trying to turn the corner after a rough month of a chaotic and violent US withdrawal from Afghanistan and a rising delta COVID-19 version that the president hoped will mark a summer in which the nation was finally free. from coronavirus.
Biden acknowledged that his polling numbers have declined in recent weeks, but argued that his agenda is “highly popular” with the public. He said he expected his Republican opponents to attack him instead of debating the merits of his spending plan.
Superville reported from Washington.