With members of his party pressing him to breathe life back into the climate agenda, President Joe Biden attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser to do just that.
Meeting with a small group at an in-person fundraiser at the Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C., Monday, Biden vowed he would take executive action on climate issues as he touted his Build Back Better plan amid his own sinking approval ratings and a nation buckling under skyrocketing prices and crises all around.
He began by thanking the small group of attendees “for your commitment to the environment,” before noting that “way back in the ‘80s, I wrote the first climate bill, and it didn’t go very far.”
“And let me begin by saying: It is the existential threat to humanity. And it’s not hyperbole,” Biden claimed.
He told attendees that he is “optimistic” but that there are “three things we can deal with at the same time now: climate crisis, consumer costs, and national security.”
“And they’re not at odds with one another if we look at it the right way; they’re compatible. That’s why we have to pass the other provisions in my Better Back — Build Back America plan,” Biden said.
He went on to tout items in the plan such as climate tax credits and lower prices for electric vehicles. In talking about his “aggressive climate goals,” Biden promised “we’re going to cut costs for families” before noting that “it’s not something anybody at this table worries about.”
“My proposal advances aggressive climate goals, tax credits to weatherize homes and businesses, doubling America’s solar wind and — and other energy, lowering the price of electric vehicles, and — and much more,” the president said, adding that the Russia and Ukraine crisis “is another reason why we have to get off our dependency on fossil fuels.”
More than 80 House Democrats addressed Biden in a letter Monday, urging him to restart the stalled climate elements of his Build Back Better plan which was sidelined when Sen Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced he was opposed.
“Throughout 2021, we bore witness to the devastating impacts of the climate crisis, further illustrating why transformational action cannot wait,” read the letter, which was written by Reps. Sean Casten of Illinois, Jamaal Bowman of New York, and Nikema Williams of Georgia. Progressive lawmakers and “Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib also signed on.
“Inaction now will mean irreversible consequences for our future generations,” the dozens of Democrats added in the letter, pushing for prioritizing the $555 billion in climate provisions in the bill.
This morning 89 House Democrats across the ideological spectrum of the caucus urged President Biden to restart climate negotiations.
The letter notes widespread agreement in the Senate for climate provisions.
There’s a pathway here – let’s get it done.https://t.co/QRSKdjuDBO
— Scott Greenler (@ScottGreenler) March 14, 2022
“Every day we fail to reach an agreement on the baseline climate investments passed by the House is a day American families and businesses pay the price at the pumps and oil-rich oligarchs profit,” they continued. “Restarting negotiations with climate action is the clearest if not the only path forward to deliver tangible results to the American people.”
Last week, former President Donald Trump accused his successor of “letting the radical climate extremists run the country while the world burns.”
“Energy prices are skyrocketing — they are going to infinity, all because of Joe Biden,” Trump told Fox News.
In his remarks at the DNC fundraiser, Biden vowed to be more “aggressive” on the climate front.
“I’m going to continue to take executive actions where I can. The Court has overruled me a couple of times. But we created a climate office in the White House to carry out the whole-of-government effort to deal with climate,” he said.
There was swift reaction on social media to the tone-deaf push by Biden and Democrats.
Biden – Climate crisis is the existential world threat!
UN – We could be on the brink of nuclear war!
Americans – We want energy independence, closed borders, and a real leader in the USA! ✔️🇺🇸
— Gary T (@GarysBlues) March 15, 2022
It’s been reported that Biden will be attending a fundraiser tonight with billionaires who want to discuss solving “climate change.”
Sorry, I don’t think working class Americans who are being crippled by inflation & soaring gas prices care about “climate change” right now.
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) March 14, 2022
Talk about re-arranging deck chairs on the Titantic ..
— Dave Barker (@ducst) March 14, 2022
COVID is waning and the Dems need to whip up fear again, so it’s back the tried-and-true ‘climate crisis’ cudgel…
— Motivated Base 🇺🇸 🦅 (@bigmeandave) March 14, 2022
The UN says nuclear war is now a real possibility and Biden is giving speeches on climate change and electric cars.
If you voted for this imbecile, you doomed us all.
— Hell On Wheels (@Colt_45_Outlaw) March 15, 2022
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