Wed. Dec 8th, 2021

4:40 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Chuck, thank you extremely significantly.  As the aged joke goes, if my father have been below, he’d say, “Thank you.”  If my mother have been here, she’d say, “Who are you talking about?”  (Laughter.)

Glimpse, individuals, let me commence by expressing I wish every single American could wander down this alley with me to see and discuss to the people today who have been devastated.  Just communicate to them.  None of them ended up shouting or complaining.  Every single a person of them ended up thanking me as if it was some thing exclusive — I necessarily mean it sincerely — that I was listed here, and hoped that we’d be in a position to do some thing.

This is America, exactly where I’m standing right now.  (Applause.)  These are the men and women, irrespective of whether it was in Scranton or Claymont or anyplace about the world — the region — who designed this region.  And it’s about time we move up.  They are generally the very first ones that are damage and the past kinds that are helped.  But which is not likely to occur this time.

The team I have standing with me, led by Chuck Schumer and your — Congresswoman, is this your district?

Chief SCHUMER:  Grace Meng.

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, it’s Grace’s district.  No, it is —

Agent MENG:  AOC.  Alex.

Chief SCHUMER:  Ocasio-Cortez.

THE PRESIDENT:  I want to thank her personally for her gumption, the way she’s fought and hollered and fought so tough for all the men and women in this alley.  I seriously necessarily mean it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

But that goes for every person listed here.  (Applause.)

And appear, people — you know, I want to thank the governor for — and Leader Schumer and Kristen [Kirsten] — I should not — I should say, Senator Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Meng and Maloney and Meeks and Mayor de Blasio for being here.

You know, it is not — how can I say this?  From time to time some really lousy matters take place that have a tendency to deliver out the finest in a persons and a region.  And I imagine what people are observing throughout this region — from the wildfires in California and the much West, which I’m heading to in a few of days all the way to down in Louisiana, the Gulf, where by I was a few of days back to New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, to a lesser extent Delaware, to a lesser extent and New York — folks are commencing to comprehend this is a lot, a great deal greater than everyone was prepared to feel.  And a entire phase of our population denying this factor termed “climate change.”

Chief SCHUMER:  Proper.

PARTICIPANT:  Ideal.

THE PRESIDENT:  But I actually signify it. 

Occasionally my mother employed to say, “Out of everything negative, one thing great will come if you seem really hard more than enough for it.”  Nicely, I feel we have all found — even the climate skeptics are looking at that this genuinely does matter. 

And it is not just no matter if or not individuals who are just hoping to get by in these residences, in these alleys right here, doing the job their butts off, do nicely it is persons in significant towers alongside the shore will obtain that as this rain and all this alter will take put in the groundwater, the properties are basically commencing to tilt — 100-story buildings. 

This goes so far past what any one is inclined to talk to up to now. 

We just finished surveying some of the hurt in the neighborhood here in Queens.  And previously nowadays, we had been in the Raritan Valley in New Jersey, which also acquired terribly, terribly strike. 

Strolling these neighborhoods, assembly the family members and the initially responders, seeing how folks are carrying out following this destruction and soreness and a different devastating storm, is an eyeopener.  The people who stand on the other side of the fences who really don’t are living there, who are yelling that we’re talking about interfering with free of charge company by performing one thing about local weather adjust — they don’t live there. 

PARTICIPANT:  Which is right.  Which is appropriate.

THE PRESIDENT:  They do not dwell — they never understand. 

And, you know, past week, ideal here, in so lots of other communities, these waves crashed by means of the streets right here, screening the getting older infrastructure and having life.  Far more lives ended up taken right here than down in Louisiana.  Allow me say that again:  They had above 20 inches of rain.  They experienced 178-mile-an-hour winds — gusts.  And more life have been taken right here than down in Louisiana. 

And, you know, you all noticed the harrowing illustrations or photos of — tales and family members trapped in flooding basements and battling to survive.  Properly, you didn’t have to — just go together this Valley, communicate to the men and women.  I’m sure the press has done that. 

My message to every person grappling with this devastation is: We’re in this article.  We’re not heading residence until eventually this receives done.  I actually suggest that.  We’re not leaving.  We’re heading to keep on to shout as prolonged as it can take to get authentic progress below.

Individuals — and we have to get some daring motion now to tack- — deal with the accelerating effects of weather.  If we do not act now — I’m heading to be heading, as Chuck understands, as the Senator understands — I’m likely to be heading from here to Glasgow, in Scotland, for the COP conference, which is all the nations of the planet receiving jointly to make a decision what we’re likely to do about local climate change.

And John Kerry, the previous Secretary of Condition, is primary our hard work placing it with each other.  We are decided — we are decided that we are going to deal with local weather alter and — and have zero emissions — internet emissions by 2050.  By 2020 [2050], make guaranteed all our electrical power is zero emissions.  We’re likely to be in a position to do these things, but we have got to transfer.  We have bought to shift.  And we’ve received to shift the rest of the world.  It is not just the United States of The usa. 

And so, individuals, this summertime on your own, communities with over 100 million People — 100 [million] American — Americans contact dwelling, have been struck by excessive temperature.  Just one in each a few Americans has been victimized by extreme climate — the hurricanes alongside the Gulf, the East Coast, up by this community.  And I observed the human and physical prices firsthand, as I reported, in Louisiana. 

But, Governor, you known as Phil Murphy, so quite a few of the foremost — Governor Murphy — so many foremost with urgency and motion are — said, “Enough.  Sufficient.”  And there is not a single ask for I’m conscious of — there may well be anything — that we have not signed off on — that we have not signed off but. 

And here’s the offer: The New York Fireplace Department and the New York Law enforcement Department, the Sanitation Section, and other to start with responders, they’re foremost with incredible, remarkable bravery.  Two linemen have been killed — (applause) — making an attempt to make positive we have —

Chief SCHUMER:  Bless all those fellas.

THE PRESIDENT:  And, folks, the evidence is distinct: Climate change poses an existential threat to our life, to our economic system.  And the threat is below it is not going to get any far better.  The concern: Can it get worse?  We can stop it from getting even worse. 

And when I talk about creating again much better — and Chuck is battling for my application — our software — on the Hill — when I discuss about making back far better, I necessarily mean, you cannot develop to what it was before this last storm.  You have received to construct improved, so if the storm occurred once again, there would be no destruction — there would be. 

But which is not likely to end us even though.  Due to the fact if we just do that, it’s just heading to get even worse and worse and even worse, mainly because the storms are likely to get worse and even worse and worse. 

And so, people, we got to listen to the experts and the economists and the countrywide security gurus.  They all convey to us this is code crimson the country and the planet are in peril.  And which is not hyperbole.  That is a reality. 

They’ve been warning us the intense weather would get much more extreme about the decade, and we’re residing it in genuine time now. 

Or we can look about the wreckage and the ruins and the heartbreak from so several communities, to sense it.  (Inaudible) really don’t fully grasp.  You can experience it.  You can taste it.  You can see it. 

Precious lives dropped in Louisiana, in New Jersey, in New York.  Households residing in shelters.  Subway stations flooded.  Decaying infrastructure pushed over and above the limitations.  Lives and livelihoods interrupted after all over again. 

We’re doing the job intently with the governors and mayors and associates of Congress and local community leaders. 

On Sunday, I quickly accepted the disaster declaration of Governor Hochul to rush federal assistance to in which it was needed right here.  (Applause.)

FEMA —

PARTICIPANT:  Thank you, President.

PARTICIPANT:  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  FEMA is working —

SENATOR SCHUMER:  Fastest at any time.

THE PRESIDENT:  — intensively with point out and neighborhood officers, examining the harm and mobilizing means. 

1 of points I want to thank Chuck for, as Leader of the Senate: He has assisted mobilize point out, local, and federal.  When they are all doing the job together, that’s when points materialize positively. 

The Well being and Human Solutions Secretary is performing with the point out to make sure individuals on Medicare and Medicaid get the unexpected emergency treatment if they require it.  They’re likely to make certain it is equitable so that the hardest strike, together with reduce-cash flow people, communities of color, and the aged, and the most vulnerable get support and get it initially.  They are the types in the best want. 

And there is significantly to be completed.  And we’re functioning all-around the clock on all these crucial demands in areas. 

Appear, I say to any person who could listen to this or if this is broadcast: If you will need enable, make sure you go to DisasterAssistance.gov or connect with 1-800-621-FEMA.  1-800-621-3362.  We can get you aid now.  We can get you help now.  And I know these disasters are not heading to stop they’re only likely to come with extra frequency and ferocity. 

And as I stated, I’m performing in Congress to pass two crucial parts of legislation that this male listed here is honchoing by the Congress for me: the bipartisan fla- — program to modernize our physical infrastructure — our roads, our bridges, our power transmission, our distribution lines.  (Applause.)  How several bridges I just went — went as a result of in New Jersey that experienced been overflowed by the river.  The river has long gone increased than the bridges, acquiring accomplished injury to them. 

My Establish Back again Improved program, with essential investments in — in — to struggle weather transform, reducing emissions, and make matters far more resilient.  Just about every dollar we commit, every dollar we elevate — a city block by two feet, flood-evidence energy stations, sanitations, reduction in the buildup of kindling in our forest, setting up electrical strains underground fairly than overhead — will save us six bucks for each individual single greenback we invest to do those items.

Simply because the up coming time disaster strikes, the flood is contained, the fire doesn’t spread as wisely [widely], and electric power stays on, not to mention these investments preserve life, properties, and produce very good-having to pay union work.

     Leader SCHUMER:  Yay!  (Applause.)  

THE PRESIDENT:  I hosted —

Leader SCHUMER:  We like union careers.

THE PRESIDENT:  I hosted 56 heads of condition in Washington.  And I pointed out — we’re conversing about weather change, and I explained, “I assume of a single phrase when I believe of climate alter: careers.  Fantastic-paying careers.”  (Applause.) 

Every single of these points demands a fantastic-spending task.  Not $7 or $12 or $15, but $45, $50 an hour, moreover health care.  That’s what is needed.  (Applause.)

And so, individuals, it will also — and Wall Road, not too significantly from below, acknowledges if we devote the money on these things, we’re likely to grow the overall economy, boost work. 

You know, the fireplace in Oregon sent smokes all — sent smoke all the way to the Atlantic.  The storm in the Gulf, as you’ve now figured out, can reverberate 10 states absent.  Source chains and crop generation get interrupted, driving up expenses, devastating industries all around The united states. 

This is everybody’s crisis — everybody’s disaster. 

And enable me just say all over again: The point is that the destruction accomplished on the West Coastline, which I’ll be heading to — they’ve by now burned 5 million acres to the floor.  That’s greater than the state of New Jersey, if I’m not mistaken.  5 million acres.  And you see it by the smoke that finishes up coming above the East Coastline.

People, we’re all in this.  It is about time we stopped the regional fights and understand aiding any individual make guaranteed there is no — fewer fires in the West warrants assisting men and women in this alley make sure they are not flooded. 

And, by the way, it is not just the flooding — and I’ll finish with this.  It is not just the flooding.  Flooding finishes up overrunning sanitation programs, and it will cause disorder, and people get sick.  And it’s critical, really serious company.

So, we bought a lot of function to do.  All over again, it’s fantastic-spending work opportunities we can set the overall economy again on the route to actual growth.  But in the meantime, we’re likely to help save a whole hell of a good deal of people’s life, and we’re heading to help you save a total hell of a ton of dollars. 

God bless you all.  Let us get this completed.  (Applause.) 

Chief SCHUMER:  Mr. President, look at that nice child with the American Flag.  Say good day.

THE PRESIDENT:  How are you, pal?

Chief SCHUMER:  What’s your title?  He can’t listen to us.

THE PRESIDENT:  How previous are you?

Little one:  7.

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, you are getting aged!  (Applause.)

And, by the way, the neat detail about The united states: Every single time we stop up with a dilemma going into a critical circumstance, we appear out superior than we went in.  That’s simply because we’re so various.  That’s America.  Be very pleased of it.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  And do not leap.  (Laughter.)  All suitable. 

4:55 P.M. EDT