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Biden Touts Job Creation, Climate at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

September 15, 2021 by TWN
President Joe Biden listens during a tour of the Flatirons campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Arvanda, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOLDEN, Colo. — “Yes, we face a crisis, but we face a crisis with an unprecedented opportunity to create good jobs of the future, to create industries of the future, to win the future, to save the planet.”

That was the message President Joe Biden delivered when he visited the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado Tuesday to promote his infrastructure bill and call for increased efforts to combat climate change.

“You know, we have to invest in being more resilient because of the impacts of …  the climate change that’s occurring today, not next year or not 10 years from now.  And we have to make the investments that are going to slow our contributions to climate change today, not tomorrow.”

“That’s why my Build Back Better plan calls for significant new investments in upgrading research infrastructure, laboratories all across the country.”

During his speech, the president said the government should set more ambitious goals for reducing emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change. That’s why he has “set a course for the United States to achieve a 50% to 52% reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2030 and for us to reach that net-zero emissions — economy-wide, across the board — by 2050.”

Gov. Jared Polis also spoke at the event, saying, “Achieving 100% renewable energy in Colorado by 2040 is a vision that we are making a reality. I thank the Biden administration for being Colorado’s partner in the fight against climate change.

“Colorado is a leader in renewable energy and our thriving clean energy sector supports nearly 60,000 good jobs, including more than 17,000 in renewable energy jobs that are helping us power the Colorado comeback.”

Biden toured the NREL facility and said, “We’ll be making one of those breakthroughs in solar, wind, and storage  — out of these facilities … and drive down the costs of renewable energy.” 

He went on to say the goals that were set to combat climate change when he was vice president are now out-of-date.

“When that was set we had more time. We don’t have a lot of time. We don’t have much more than 10 years.  For real.  And this is a decisive decade.”

The president spoke about his visit to California to tour the site of the Caldor fire, “and in the last two weeks, I traveled to Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey to see the destruction from Hurricane Ida.  More people [were] killed in New York with flooding, 20 inches of rain, than were killed when 178-mile-an-hour winds hit Louisiana.

“And even if it’s not in your backyard, you feel the effects.”

“The bottom line is: It’s everywhere.  It’s everywhere.  Communities that nearly one in three Americans call home have been struck by weather disasters just in the past few months,” the president said, referring to the effects of climate change.

Biden said he wanted to create a “Civilian Climate Corps — I’ve been pushing that for a long time.

“Yesterday, I visited the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho where we coordinate our federal fire response to wildfires.  They told me that the Civilian Climate Corps would make an enormous difference by cleaning away combustible underbrush that enable fires to spread, and by planting trees to fight climate change.”

Xcel Energy Executive Chairman Ben Fowke met with Biden during the visit.

“To reach our carbon goals, and the goals of the nation, it’s going to take the kind of collaboration we see here at NREL. Our industry is eager to work on this clean energy transition, and Xcel Energy is doing so with our employees and communities in mind. Our partnership with our employees and the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers is critical as we continue to move toward clean energy resources,” he said.

Biden concluded his speech saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, we can do this.  This is the United States of America. Never have we failed to meet an objective we set … And we’re not going to fail now because of all of you.”

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