‘Not a Joke’ — Joe Biden Argues for Billions of Green New Deal Spending to ‘Save a Generation’

US President Joe Biden speaks during a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center at Boise Airport on September 13, 2021, in Boise, Idaho. - US President Joe Biden kicked off a visit to scorched western states Monday to hammer home his case on climate change and big public investments, …
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President Joe Biden continues escalating his rhetoric about global warming as he travels to some of the most devastated natural disaster areas around the country.

“We have a chance, because of the work you’re doing, to make some significant change and literally — I know it sounds like hyberbole — save a generation,” Biden said after viewing wildfire devastation in California. “Not a joke. Not a joke.”

In the past two weeks, Biden has visited wildfire areas in the West, hurricane damage in New Orleans and flooding damage in New York and New Jersey.

“We don’t have a lot of time. We don’t have much more than 10 years. For real,” Biden cautioned as he visited a renewable energy laboratory in Colorado on Tuesday.

At each disaster site, Biden repeated his mantra that global warming was the sole cause of the devastation.

“Scientists have been warning us for years that extreme weather is going to get more extreme,” he said. “We’re living it in real time now.”

Biden also argued consumer-driven pollution was literally endangering the lives of firefighters.

“Wildfires are being super-charged by climate change,” he said, and added, “When we fail to curb pollution from smokestacks and tailpipes and continue to use fossil fuels as we do, we increase risk that firefighters face.”

Biden urged lawmakers in Congress to “get real” about the threat of climate change and spend billions of dollars on priorities first outlined in the green new deal.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis listens to US President Joe Biden while waiting to speak at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory September 14, 2021, in Arvada, Colorado. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden (C) and Energey Secretary Jennifer Granholm (R) tour the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Arvada, Colorado, on September 14, 2021. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden (C) and Energey Secretary Jennifer Granholm (R) tour the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Arvada, Colorado, on September 14, 2021. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

“We know what the driver is: climate change. And we know what’s causing climate change: human activity,” Biden said in Colorado. “This is no longer subject to debate.”
During his travels, Biden highlighted his spending proposals to create a Civilian Climate Corps of thousands of young people, subsidize a nationwide transition to electric busses, expanding electric charging stations, and burying power transmission lines.

He also called for massive subsidies for solar and wind powered electricity and a massive $12,500 tax rebate for union-made electric vehicles.

“Disasters aren’t going to stop. That’s the nature of the climate threat,” he said in Colorado. “But we know — we know what we have to do. We just need to summon the courage and the creativity to do it.”

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