Biden celebrates earth day in the Pacific Northwest with actions to fight deforestation

Saturday, May 21, 2022
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President Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Endangered Species

The Vice President spoke against a backdrop of flowering trees in Seward Park on Monday‚ signing an executive order to protect endangered species. Despite the controversy surrounding the order‚ many Americans support its goals. They want to protect our environment‚ but some also worry that the move will increase bureaucracy. In the case of President Biden‚ the issue is less about the ramifications of the executive order than about its intent.

On Friday‚ President Biden celebrated Earth Day by unveiling several new policies that combat deforestation. Signing of an executive order This protects federal old-growth forests. Biden stated that there were once more forests in this area of the country‚ during a speech at Seattle. Seward Park He was accompanied by Washington Governor and local officials. Jay Inslee‚ and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell were both Democrats. We are determined to preserve what is left. American forests absorb approximately 10% metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. However‚ they are becoming more vulnerable to wildfires as a result of global warming and warmer temperatures. Speaking at Seward Park‚ Seattle by President Biden on Earth Day. (Mandel Nagan/AFP via Getty Images). Biden stated Friday that our forests are the planet's lungs. FEMA has allowed me to fly over all major wildfires in the country. Not every one‚ not all‚ but most. It's devastating: I was here in Idaho and I missed Oregon. But it is absolutely devastating. President Obama also made a strong case for environmental conservation. Biden stated that we are going to triple our federal commitment to Seattle's Link light rail system. Biden also stated that every American vehicle will be electrified by the end of his term‚ noting that his administration has spent billions on 500‚000 charging stations for electric vehicles under the infrastructure law. He said that the crisis in the environment is so evident‚ with one notable exception: the ex-president. We now have the chance to accomplish things that were impossible five to ten years ago. Biden was a mild critic of Donald Trump's predecessor and referred to climate science as a hoax. This was typical of Biden’s loose‚ somewhat jocular address that was full of seemingly out-of-the-ordinary quips. He also noted that windmills aren't known to cause cancer. Trump’s stance against wind power. He went on boasting about the environmental achievements of his administration‚ while only acknowledging that the Senate had thwarted much of his plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change. One wind farm in Palm Springs‚ Calif. Biden stated that despite all of the failures‚ the U.S. has deployed the largest amount of solar‚ wind‚ and battery storage energy ever in American history. Biden went on to mention many clean energy and transportation investment contained in the Bipartisan infrastructure Law‚ including billions for freight rail. He did not include the offset subsidies for fossil fuel infrastructure which some Congress progressives believe will enhance the law's benefits for climate change. Biden instead sought to highlight the country's ongoing energy sector transition and offered a personal story along the way. He said that he is an automotive buff and that he has a '68 Corvette which pollutes the air. But he doesn't drive it much. Before jokingly comparing the speed of the Ford F-150 pickup truck to his Corvette‚ he explained that he wasn't sorry. Biden also shared how‚ during the U.N. Biden also recalled how‚ in the run-up to the U.N. Climate Change Conference‚ in Glasgow‚ Scotland last November‚ he helped to form an international coalition for reducing methane emissions‚ an especially powerful short-term greenhouse gas. He also restored federal protection to Bears Ears Monument‚ Utah. Biden continued to follow Democratic tradition and argued that increasing the transition towards clean energy would create industrial jobs with high wages. He spoke of Pennsylvania‚ where he was born‚ and said that they are now manufacturing solar panels in the same area as coal miners. The president eventually did talk about the core of his climate agenda‚ which was the $500 billion investment in electric vehicles and clean energy that he had proposed. However‚ this bill is still stuck in the Senate. States and cities are taking action. Companies are taking action. I'm acting. Biden stated that Congress must also act. In November 2021‚ Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will be joined by Sen. Kyrsten Silena (D-Ariz.). (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) He acknowledged that there are two senators who sometimes don't vote for me.

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Both Senators Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Silena of Arizona are Democrats. Their opposition stopped Joe's Build Back Better proposal passing. Biden claimed that he had done an excellent job unifying his party. He noted that 49 of 50 Democrats in Senate voted with him 94% times. He said that it was the united opposition of Republicans‚ who were sometimes known to back environmental legislation‚ that is blocking his agenda. Biden stated that this is not your father's Republican Party. Now‚ this is the MAGA Party. Six [GOP senators] have approached me to say that they want to work together‚ but that I will be primaried and lose my race. Biden did not mention any other setbacks such as the administrations on federal land he had to make due to an adverse ruling by a court or any other actions his administration has taken to support economic sanctions against Russia. A coalition of over 70 environmental advocacy organizations called on President Obama to make an inventory on federal land of mature and old trees. This is to determine their value and to develop a plan for protecting them. This is what the executive order that was signed Friday morning will accomplish. Biden stated that these forests store and sequester enormous amounts of carbon on Friday. These forests are the home of majestic trees. An area of deforested land near Sinop in Brazil. (Florian Plaucheur/AFP via Getty Images). The Executive Order will set 2030 targets for federal agencies to reforest using money from the Bipartisan infrastructure Law. To begin the important work of reforesting America‚ we will plant 1.2 million trees in the United States. This order directs federal agencies to increase their seed collection capacity‚ and federal cone and seed collections. It also requires them to create a report about how the U.S. can reduce or eliminate purchases of agricultural commodities such as soy or beef that was illegally harvested or deforested. Biden stated that this is also a time of greatest threat and urgency‚ but also a time of immense hope and tremendous opportunity.

The global temperature is on the rise‚ and has been rising for many decades. Take a look at the data to see how climate change is occurring.