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go to www.c-span.org/ coronavirus for the federal response to the pandemic. it's easy to quickly find the latest reasonings -- the latest briefings using the interactive gallery of maps. go to www.c-span.org/ coronavirus. >> president biden and vice president harris took part in a climate sonnet from the white house for earth day. the president announced the u.s. will aim to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 and region net zero emissions by 2050.
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vice president harris: your excellencecies, leader from around the world, thank you for being here. i have spoken with a number of you about the cly gnat crisis. we have talked about the scarcity of water. we have talked about the need to build resilience. and we have talked about the importance of investing in clean technologies. together, of course, we come from very different places, but we share this common concern. and this common threat. here in the united states, the storms hitting our gulf coast are worse every year. the wildfires in my home state of california have grown in intensity. and of course, no nation or region is immune. whether it is western europe, where heat waves have made it very difficult to stay indoors while risking a health risk or the pacific islands where rising sea levels threaten to encroach
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on the land and homes of life-long residents, or in central america, where last year, two major hurricanes devastated entire communities, as a global community, it is imperative that we act quickly and together. to confront this crisis. and this will require innovation and collaboration around the world. it will require the use of renewable energy and new technologies. and it will give each of our nations the opportunity to build healthier communities and stronger economies. here, we believe tackling climate change, improving communities an creating jobs can incur -- can occur same untains youly and we must recognize the importance, of course, of justice in the work we do. the communities hardest hit by climate change are the same
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communities harmed by wealth and gender inequality, toxic air pollution and so much more. this truth holds around the world. so i urge all of us to focus on these communities, including indigenous communities, and consider their insight and experience in our efforts moving forward. they are critical leaders in this fight. friends, the health of our community, the well being of our workers, and the strength of our economies depend on what we do now. and i can think of no one more committed to achieving our collective goals than president joe biden. the president was one of the first members in the united states congress to take on the issue of climate change. on our first day in office, he led the fact that we'd rejoin the paris agreement.
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and the president is just getting started as we work to tack until crisis, while creating clean energy jobs across our nation. it is now my great honor to introduce the president of the united states, owe biden. pres. biden: thank you, madam vice president. good morning to all our colleagues around the world, the world leaders taking part in this summit. i thank you. you know, your leadership on this issue is a statement to the people of your nation and the people of every nation, especially our young people that we're ready to meet this moment. meeting this moment is about more than preserving our planet. it's also about providing a better future for all of us. that's why when people talk about climate, i think jobs. within our climate response lies an extraordinary engine of job creation and economic opportunity ready to be fired up. that's why i proposed a huge investment in american
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infrastructure and american innovation to tap the economic opportunities that clay mat change presents our workers and our communities. especially those too often that have left out, left behind. i'd like to build, i want to build a critical infrastructure to produce and deploy clean technology. those we can harness today and those that we'll invent tomorrow. i talked to the experts and i see the potential for a more prosperous and equitable future. the signs are unmistakable. the science is undeniable. the cost of inaction is -- keeps mounting. the united states isn't waiting. we are resolving to take action. not only our federal government but our cities and our states all across our country. small businesses, large businesses, large corporations. american workers in every field. i see an opportunity to create millions of good-paying middle
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class union jobs. i see line workers laying thousands of miles of transmission lines for a clean, modern, resilient grid. i see workers capping hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells that need to be cleaned up, and abandoned coal mines that need to be reclaimed. putting a step to the leaks and protecting the health of our communities. i see autoworkers building the next generation of electric vehicles and electricians installing nationwide for 500,000 charging stations along our highways. i see the engineers and the construction workers building new carbon capture and green hydrogen plants to forge cleaner steel and cement and produce clean power. i see farmers deploying cutting edge tools to make soil of our heartland the next frontier in carbon innovation.
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by maintaining those investments and putting these people to work, the united states sets out on the road to cut greenhouse gases in half. in half by the end of this decade. that's where we're headed as a nation. and that's what we can do if we take action to build an economy that's not only more prosperous but healthier, fairer, and cleaner for the entire planet. you know, these steps will set america on a path of net zero emissions economy by no later than 2050. but the truth is, america represents less than 15% of the world's emissions. no nation can solve this crisis on their own, as i know you all fully understand. all of us, all of us, particularly those of us who represent the world's largest economies, we have to step up. those that do take action and make bold investments in their people and clean energy future
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will win the good jobs of tomorrow an make their economies more resilient and more competitive. so let's run that race, win more, win more sustainable future than we have now. overcome the exiss ten rble crisis of our times. we know just how critically important that is. because scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade. this is the deck tadeke must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. we must try to keep the earth's temperature to an increas of 1.5 degrees celsius. you know, the world beyond 1.5 degrees means more frequent and intense fire, floods, drought, heat waves and hurricanes. tearing thru community, ripping away lives and livelihoods. increasingly, dire impacts to our public health. it's undeniable, you know, the idea of accelerating and
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punishing the reality that will come if we done move. we can't resign ourselves to that future. we have to take action. all of us. and this summit is our first step on the road we'll travel together, god willing, all of us, to and through glassghow -- glasgow this november and the u.n. climate conference, climate change conference. to set our world on a path to secure, prosperous, sustainable future. the health of communities lout the world depends on it. the well being of our workers depends on it. the strength of our economies depends on it. the countries that take decisive action now to create the industries of the future will be the ones that reap the economic benefits of the clean energy boom that's coming. we're here at this summit to discuss how each of us, each country, can set higher climate ambitions that will in turn
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create good-paying jobs, advance innovative technology, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts. we have to move, we've to move -- we have to move quickly to meet these challenges. the steps our countries take between now an glasgow will set the world up for success to protect livelihoods arn the world and keep ap global warming as a maximum of 1.5 degrees celsius. we must get on a path now to do that. if we do, we'll breathe easier, literally and figuratively. we'll create good jobs here at home for millions of americans an lay a strong foundation for growth for the future. and that, that can be your goal as well. this is a moral imperative. an economic imperative. a moment of peril but also a moment of extraordinary possibilities. time is short but i believe we can do this. i believe that we will do this.
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thank you for being part of the summit. thank you for the communities that you and the commitments you have made to communities you are from. god bless you all. i look forward to progress that we can make together today and beyond. we really have no choice. we have to get this done. >> john kerry and gina were at the white housemccarthy -- gina mccarthy where the white house and how the ministration is working with other countries to address climate change. other countries to address climate change. >> thank you everyone. it is great to be here.

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