What Democrats want to hear in Biden’s climate speech

July 27, 2023

What Democrats want to hear in Biden’s climate speech

President Biden will address the punishing heat wave afflicting Washington and much of the rest of the country today — and some Democrats and climate activists want to see him use the moment to build support for further action on climate change.

  • “He needs to speak to the path forward, and it’s got to be more than just bottled water and cooling centers for the elderly,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.). “It’s got to be a really bold Marshall Plan for the planet.”

Biden’s announcement today won’t be a climate change Marshall Plan. 

Instead, he’ll announce new investments in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather predictions and grants “to bring clean, reliable drinking water to communities across the West,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday. Much of the West has suffered from extended drought threatening its water supply

Huffman, the California congressman, encouraged Biden to nod to his climate accomplishments but also to focus on the future. 

“He’s done some really important things,” Huffman said. “I give the president a lot of credit for doing more than any of his predecessors. But it’s still not enough, and we just have to be honest about that.”


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By:  Theodoric Meyer and Leigh Ann Caldwell
Source: Washington Post