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pass us by. the american people understand what's at stake. they understand that when workers and families have a better shot, america has a better shot. the american people have never let the country down. today, there is more evidence of the progress we are making and we can make more in the days ahead. i want to thank you and god bless you all and may god protect our troops, thank you very much. >> later in the day, president biden spoke at the white house about preserving the environment and restoration of national
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monuments. interior secretary deb haaland, white house national climate advisor gina mccarthy, and council on environmental quality chair were also in attendance.
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>> good afternoon, please be seated. we are here for a celebration. we are here to celebrate the latest step president biden is taking to protect, conserve, and restore the lands and waters all of us cherish. president biden is restoring protections for three magnificent national monuments. this announcement follows on consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders and fulfills a key promise to the american people. restoring protections for these national monuments is part of this administration's broader commitments to protect our natural and cultural resources, to honor tribal sovereignty, and advance environmental justice. president biden's conservation agenda is also a critical tie of
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how we are tackling the climate crisis. by protecting our ecosystem. we strengthen the power of our soil, grasses, and trees to trap carbon pollution. and healthy natural systems build up our resilience against the climate impact we know we are already facing. tapping into these natural climate solutions will protect public health, they will protect us against climate impacts, they will promote biodiversity, and they will grow our economy. that is worth a clap. [applause] >> that is why president biden has also proposed creating a new civilian climate corps. it will partner with our unions in putting to work a new generation that looks like america.
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receiving good benefits and good pay. to restore the health of our public lands, our coasts, waters, and forests. and advance environmental justice and better prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. and across our administration, we are taking a whole of government approach to conservation and climate with the agencies that steward so many of our lands, like the department of interior, agriculture, and commerce. we are working together to advance wind and solar, promote forestry, and create good paying union jobs along the way in implementing these innovative climate solutions. as we celebrate the restoration of these three national monuments, we are also committed to building back better as we tackle our climate crisis. with that, i'm so honored to introduce my good friend brenda
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malory, the chair of the white house council on environmental quality, who is leading on our environmental justice efforts. [applause] >> thank you. it is so great to see all of you in person. i can't tell you how exciting it is to be in person on this day in this event. i want to welcome you to the white house. i also want to thank each and every one of you, from tribal leaders, business leaders, conservation leaders, hunters,, anglers climbers,, scientists, educators, and millions of american people. thank you for speaking up, standing up, and fighting to keep a simple but sacred promise, that in america, when we protect the place as a national monument, it is protected for all time for all
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people. [applause] >> let us reflect on the meaning of this moment. the single largest elimination of protection of lands and water in u.s. history was met by the single largest mobilization for conservation in u.s. history. millions of americans rallied to help tribes defend, restore grand staircase escalante, and safeguard the atlantic ocean's first marine national monument. this site has galvanized a new and powerful vision for conservation in america. a vision in which we act with urgency with ambition to conserve and restore the land, waters, and wildlife we love,
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and our disappearing so quickly of visions in which the stewardship tradition and conservation priorities of tribal nations are celebrated and supported in both law and policy. a vision in which every child in america, no matter where they live, has a chance to experience nature's wonders. and the vision in which we harness the power of our forest, farms, ocean, and coasts to keep our climate livable and communities thriving. this is the vision president biden, with your help, is pursuing. let me tell you, there is no one better to stand beside as we drive this work forward with our extraordinary secretary of the interior. ladies and gentlemen, my friend,
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partner, sec. deb haaland. [applause] >> thank you. good afternoon, everyone. before i start, i have to say i have the best team, and i'm so grateful for all of you. thank you. thank you, brenda. [applause] >> thank you for your introduction. we are here today on the ancestral homelands of the -- people. the ark of -- bending the ark of the moral universe towards justice. thank you, mr. president, for the profound action you are taking to permanently protect the homelands of our ancestors. our songs, languages, and cultures are strong. and many people from many indian tribes have found and spoken in unison to protect this sacred
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place. it is a living landscape. when i have been there, i felt the warmth and joy of ancestors who cared for this special place since time immemorial. it is a place you can stand on the doorway of a home, where a family who lived thousands of years ago left the hind a legacy of love and conservation for a place that sustained them for countless generations. stories of existence, celebration, survival, and reverence are edged into the sandstone canyon walls. sacred sites are dotted across the desert. cultural heritage in the form of ancient pots, arrowheads, clothing, seeds, and evidence of lives well lived are as inseparable from there as the air we breathe at this moment.
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today, children learned and sustained from their parents and elders the songs, traditions, and ceremonies that have been passed down from generation to generation. this is a place that must be protected in perpetuity for every american and every child of the world. [applause] >> today's announcement is not just about national monuments. it is about this administration censuring the voices of -- centering the voices of indigenous people and the shared stewardship of this landscape with tribal nations. the president's actions today write a new chapter that embraces indigenous knowledge, ensures tribal leadership has a seat at the table, and demonstrates that by working
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together, we can build a brighter future for all of us. we have much more good work ahead. together, we will tell a more complete story of america. together, we will conserve and protect our land and ocean from people, wildlife, the climate, we will strengthen our economy with healthy, resilient, natural systems. thank you, mr. president. thank you for strengthening the nation to nation relationship. thank you on behalf of all americans who love and value our cultural heritage. thank you on behalf of the local communities whose economies are continually benefiting from healthy ecosystems on our public lands, national monuments, and parks. i'm so grateful and very proud to serve on your team. now, it is my distinct honor to introduce you -- ladies and
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gentlemen, the president of the united states of america. [applause] pres. biden: good afternoon. please be seated. madam secretary, you have done an incredible job in a short amount of time. i told you when i asked you to be secretary of interior that i understood i was politically raised by danny elway, indian nations. i want to thank all of the leaders here for your support and help getting this done. it is really important. i want to thank brenda, council of economic environmental quality -- environmental
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quality, if you need any translation, talk to me. you are the best. and i want you to know although he didn't speak today, i want to thank the secretary of agriculture for being here today. he is about the preservation. [applause] pres. biden: senator cantwell, thank you for your hard, consistent, unrelenting work on these issues. i also want to thank michael bennet the same way. he has been at this from the moment he's gotten elected. he is pushing hard. and rubin, i want to thank you for the work you have done and continue to do. i mean it. this might be the easiest thing i have ever done so far as president. i mean it. i've got to tell you a quick story.
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when i was running for office -- i'm embarrassed, i can't remember exactly which state i was in, but a gentleman and -- i think it was his wife, and a little girl said can i talk to you -- i could not understand what she had in her hand, it looked like a teddy bear. she said can i talk to you -- i wasn't elected yet, mr. vice president, what is the matter? she said "i want to give you something." i looked at her, and she gave me this set of bear's ears, she said "you've got to promise me to protect the bear's ears." and i'm thinking -- what the -- at the time. her dad said a national park.
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she said you promise? and i promised. it is the easiest promise i have made in a long time. i'm grateful to the tribal nation leaders, those who are here with us today and unable to join us. i'm proud to announce the protection and expansion of three of the most treasured national monuments. based on powers granted to the president under the antiquities act, more than a century ago by teddy roosevelt, the first bear's national monument in utah. this is the first in the country to be established at the request of federally recognized tribes. a place of healing, as spoken by the secretary, a place of reverence. a sacred homeland to hundreds of generations of native peoples. the last administration reduced the size by 85%, leaving vulnerable more than one million acres of cherished landscape.
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today, we will surely be signing the proclamation to fully restore the boundaries of bears ears. second, i'm restoring utah's grand staircase national monument. a place of unique and extraordinary geology, as well as biodiversity. establish a national monument 25 years ago this month. over the last quarter-century, this land has produced a significant scientific discovery per acre in more than any other national monument. everything from fossils to ancient indigenous artifacts. once again, the last administration cut the size of the monument nearly in half, stripping away more than 800,000 protected acres. today, i'm signing a proclamation to restore it to its full glory. third, off the coast of new england, i'm restoring protection to the northeast canyons and seamounts marie
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national monument. waters teeming with life with underwater canyons as deep as parts of the grand canyon. underwater mountains as top as the appellations -- appalachia. nothing like it in the world. because of its unique diversity, marine scientists believe it is the key to understanding life under the sea. president obama established a national monument five years ago, recognizing its irreplaceable value. my predecessor chipped away at its protections. the proclamation i will be signing will restore protections established president obama when the monument was first created. the protection of public lands must become -- must not become a pendulum that swings back and forth depending on who is in public office. it is not a partisan issue. i want to thank the members of congress who have come together
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to support this work. i might add, i spoke with both the senators from utah. they did not agree with what i was doing, but were gracious and polite about it. i appreciate that, as well. the truth is, the national monument and parks are part of the identity as a people. there are more than natural wonders. birthright. we passed from generation to generation of birthright of every american. preserving them is the fulfillment of a promise to our children. it will come to lead the world better than we found it. today, our children are three times more likely to see climate disasters uprooted and grandparents generation. and understand why the work is so critical. protecting care for our forest, we are not just protecting the majesty of our forest, we are
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safeguarding water sources and lessening the impact of fires. we are protecting wetlands. we are not only saving birds and fish, are also shoring up a natural defense system to absorb the furies of hurricane and superstars. nearly one in three americans live in the community that has been struck the weather disasters in the last few months. hurricanes, wire files -- wildfires, both the build back better plan and bipartisan infrastructure will make critical investments read significantly increasing the resilience of these devastating effects on the climate crisis. it includes creation of a civilian climate core. president franklin roosevelt conservation corps. diverse groups of americans from everything to restoring wetlands, protecting clean water, making forests more resilient against wildfires.
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my plan puts americans on a course to achieve 50% to 52% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to reach zero emissions no later than 2050. achieving these ambitious goals will require that nature itself play a role. scientists estimate the protection and restoration of natural lands and waters can provide nearly 40% of the solutions to climate change. that is why i'm signing these proclamations as an additional reason. it's also why i'm restoring protections for the national forest in alaska, -- [applause] >> which i've had the great honor to visit. when i was meeting with -- back in the days with the senator from alaska, i was with him after the oil spill in the north slope you'd he sat me at a table
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in this magnificent restaurant in the middle of the forest, which has tree trunks as big as those trees holding up the whole building. it is magnificent. he sat me with the -- family, big guys, and they had a lumber company they were forcing in the area. they wanted me to support paying for roads in the national forest . and we started the conversation. to make it a long story short, when i made it clear i wasn't going to do that, a father turned to his son, looked like them, a big fellow, i want you to know the exact language, i'm across the table, and he said -- i will bet this -- so and so,
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expletive deleted -- doesn't realize he's closer to lexington, kentucky today than when he was when he just flew off the north slope." it made the point to me, alaska is big, there is a lot we need to protect. that is why i'm working to protect bristol bay from mining operations. and one of the world largest salmon -- that is why i'm refusing to sell out the wildlife reserve to oil and gas. these protections provide a bridge, it also build a bridge to a safer, more sustainable future. more strength in our economy and passing off to our children and grandchildren. everett abbey, a writer who worked as a ranger at the national park in utah wrote "this is the most beautiful place on earth, there are many
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such places. every man, every woman carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home known or unknown, actual or visionary." that is the united states of america. that is america. a country we shared together. a country must protect together. it is one step in doing what other presidents have done, starting with teddy roosevelt. i will not sign these proclamations and -- i will now sign these proclamations, and thank you for your support. [applause] first one i'm signing is grand staircase.
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[applause] pres. biden: the second one i'm signing is the bears ears. i wish i could remember that little girl's name. i hope she is watching. [applause] pres. biden: the third one i'm signing is the northeast canyons
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and seamounts marine national monuments. [applause] somebody grab one that doesn't have one. next 1 -- next one. got one here. how many more --
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[laughter] pres. biden: more to come. [laughter] two more. barack obama used to be able to do this -- [laughter] pres. biden: one more. everybody get one? [applause] pres. biden: thank you all very much.
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