President Donald Trump On Climate Change: We Will Defend Environment And Jobs | NBC News Now

President Donald Trump On Climate Change: We Will Defend Environment And Jobs | NBC News Now

[Applause] as the cabinet secretaries will tell you from the very beginning I've given them clear direction to focus on addressing environmental challenges so we can provide the highest quality of life to all Americans in addition to clean air and clean water that means being good stewards of our public lands prioritizing cleanup of polluted lands that threaten our most vulnerable citizens and threatened them very dearly and implementing pro-growth policies to unlock innovation and new technologies which improve American life and America's environment so important these are incredible goals that everyone in this country should be able to rally behind and they have rallied behind and they've rallied behind in a very Republican and Democrat way I really think that's something that is bipartisan for years politicians told Americans that a strong economy and a vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment in other words one thing doesn't go with the other and that's wrong because we're proving the exact opposite a strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment when we innovate produce and grow we're able to unleash technologies and processes that make the environment better while reshoring and so importantly you look at reshoring production all the way taking it away from foreign polluters and back to American soil the previous administration waged a relentless war on American energy we can't do that they sought to punish our workers our producers and manufacturers with ineffective global agreements that allowed the world's worst polluting countries to continue their practices these radical plans would not make the world cleaner they would just make and put Americans out of work and they put them out of work rapidly move production to foreign countries with lower standards our companies were forced to do that and they didn't want to do that and they drive up the price of gas and electricity at home and drive it to levels that are literally unaffordable and by the way that's happening to many other countries but it's not happening here other countries their pricing on electricity is so high not even to be affordable at our level we are doing numbers that nobody's seen before nobody believes what what we're doing and what we're producing electricity and other things for punishing Americans is never the right way to produce a better environment or a better economy we've rejected this failed approach and we're seeing incredible results since the election we have created more than 6 million new jobs nobody would have believed that I don't think anybody if I would have said that during the campaign it wouldn't have been a pretty picture the next day as I read the headlines six million new jobs unemployment has reached the lowest rate and a half a century and we have more people working today that have ever worked in the history of our country we're getting very close to a hundred and sixty million people which is unthinkable if you go back three years and you said 160 million people they would say unthinkable we're unlocking American energy in the United States is now a net exporter of clean affordable American natural gas we're exporting all over the world and today the United States is ranked listen to this number one in the world for access to clean drinking water ranked number one in the world one of the main messages of air pollution particulate matter is six times lower here than the global average so we hear so much about some countries and what everyone is doing we're six times lower than the average that's a tremendous number since 2000 our nation's energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country on Earth think of that emissions are projected to drop in 2019 and 2020 we're doing a very tough job and not everybody knows it and that's one of the reasons we're here today to speak to you every single one of the signatories to the Paris climate Accord lags behind America in overall emissions reductions who would think that is possible but this reason in my first year in office I withdrew the United States from the unfair ineffective and very very expensive Paris climate Accord thank you my administration is now revising the past administration's misguided regulations to better protect the environment and to protect our American workers so importantly as an example there is a very good place for solar energy I'm a believer in solar energy it hasn't fully developed it's got a long way to go but it's really got a tremendous future the United States does not have to sacrifice our own jobs to lead the world on the environment my administration set the new global standard for environmental protections with unprecedented provisions in the US Mexico Canada agreement commonly referred to as the u.s. MCA which includes the first-ever provisions to take on the challenge of marine litter and debris and I'm sure you've all seen by watching televisions by maybe reading about it tremendous problem thousands and thousands of tons of this debris float onto our shores after it's dumped into the oceans by other countries the tides come to us usually that was a good thing but this isn't so good this is a tremendous problem thousands and thousands of tons of garbage comes to us well we're focused on practical solutions more than 100 Democrats and Congress now support the so-called green New Deal their plan is estimated to cost our economy nearly 100 trillion dollars a number unthinkable a number not affordable even in the best of times if you go a hundred and fifty years from now and we've had great success that's not a number that's even thought to be affordable kill millions of jobs it'll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans and disproportionately harm minority communities I will not stand for we will defend the environment but we will also defend American sovereignty American prosperity and we will defend American jobs [Applause] we've refocused the EPA back on its core mission and last year the agency completed more Superfund hazardous waste clean ups than any year of the previous administrations and set records in almost every year we have done tremendous work on super funds to name just two examples we've made great strides cleaning up damage near a paper plant in Kalamazoo Michigan something that was beyond fix-up they thought it was never going to happen and also the West Lake landfill in Missouri this year we've also directed sixty-five million dollars in brownfield grants to clean up even more contaminated sites in 149 American communities think of that the vast majority home to lower income citizens at some project that is some project and for the first time in nearly 30 years we're in the process of strengthening national drinking water standards to protect vulnerable children from lead and copper exposure something that has not been done and we're doing it and last month our EPA took the first major action nearly two decades to reduce exposure to lead contaminated dust I signed America's water infrastructure Act along with these great gentlemen right here we worked very hard on that very very hard and it wasn't easy to further approve and improve drinking water infrastructure and support other critical projects our administration has directed over half a billion dollars to fix Lake Okeechobee the Herbert Hoover dike I was out there three months ago with your new great governor and Senator actually from Florida we had our two senators we had Rick Scott Marco Rubio and our great new governor runs the scientists we're all out and we made a certain commitment and the commitment has already taken place and they're fixed in a lake okeechobee people are very happy about it in the Florida Everglades we're restoring the ecosystems in the Everglades and I also signed legislation authorizing 100 million dollars to fight red tide a big problem that some people don't know about but when you do know about it that means trouble because it is bad another toxic algae that damages coastal areas it's causing tremendous havoc and we have a way of straightening it out and we'll get it done we're joined today by Bruce robach owner of Billy bones bait and tackle in Port st. Lucie a place I know very well Florida his business was devastated by toxic algae from Lake Okeechobee Bruce please come up and tell us about what's happened and what we're doing for you where is Bruce [Applause] hello how are you all today alright we have made a big trip up here to make sure we're here this is very important this is my family's business ok I've owned the bait and tackle store since 2001 and been in Florida since 2006 I have my son Tanner over here with me he means the world to me he's my best friend and my son he's actually a brain cancer survivor that you know he beat it and now he's 21 and thank you thank you I wanted to say thank you I wanted to say that mr. president you're not only doing a tremendous job all the way around but you jumping into this environment brings my heart to warmth knowing that what you're doing is going is the truth it's going wonderfully my business in 2018 was so horrible week I have I own two stores we closed several days a week because of you know the algae and people being frightened if they were afraid to touch the water and everything I have a marine mechanic I just wanted to say really quickly has a bad infection in his arm from the marine algae and stuff but basically your completion of this Herbert Hoover dike is going to make a tremendous difference because we can store more water in Lake Okeechobee safely store it there so the residents that that are around there are safe we can get we can't we care and we're concerned about them Isana Coast believe me and that the water does not go into the Caloosahatchee into the st. Lucie estuary it's full of contaminants contaminants and fertilizers and mr. president you mentioned about the red tide it is a natural occurrence this fertilizer and all these contaminants is like a superpower and we have seen that stationed on the west coast like none other before in 2018 so I mean I'm just so grateful for all the work you're doing sir and everything in the Everglades restoration and also I heard great news that the dike is going to be finished much sooner 22 then 2022 than expected so I personally want to thank you because this year they're not dumping our businesses are doing better my wife don't yell at me as much well that always happens so yes she says to me you're going to be but by the president talk and and I says oh I don't need no list or what I got a big mouth I talk I don't care I'm proud I'm proud of Who I am and what I am I'm a licensed charter boat captain and I've done it since 20-foot since I'm 25 years old and I just I just want to say thank you for the opportunity to speak thank you for everything you're doing sir I speak for so many people you are you bring my heart to warmth for everything you're doing it all the way around but you're listening here to president Trump speaking from the White House talking about the u.s. as an environmental leader saying that the environment and the economy should go hand in hand they can work together that we can create jobs hey NBC News viewers thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching


25 thoughts on “President Donald Trump On Climate Change: We Will Defend Environment And Jobs | NBC News Now”

  • What a joke – if you have more jobs now because you hired cilmate change deniers and oil/coal and gas drill worker then your economy is 'thriving' at the expense of the rest of the world. IS NATURAL GAS A CLEAN FORM OF ENERGY?


    See, that was easy.

  • I urge environmentalists to declare independence from the United States and make their own pro-environment laws.

  • tRump does not care about Climate Change, Environment, etc…JUST MONEY FOR HIMSELF & OTHER THINGS or he would not have pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement calling Climate Change a HOAX…this guys head is so far up his orifice he is full of himself!!!

  • Critical Thinker says:

    Climate change and Evolution are empirically true…but his drooling horde deny both!
    America is a Redneckocracy!

  • burningfeet 57 says:

    TO OUR(SADLY)president tRUMP who is DELUSIONAL!! Climate change IS REAL where as you being a stable genius is FAKE NEWS in a biggly way!

  • Coal is out dated Obama dropped coal usage down to 25%. Trump has back up to about 80 or 100% it's burn dirty he dont care

  • He thinks natural gas is clean energy.

    And also, what a hypocrite. He literally is removing environmental laws that protect the environment.

    When I'm campaigning he said we don't need an environmental protection agency.

  • Maybe one of these geniuses could answer these questions: How much heat has been introduced into the oceans by mid-Atlantic and mid-Pacific thermal vents over the past few million years? Has the earth been moving closer to the sun? Is the sun getting hotter? Has the temperature of the earth's inner core increased? It may be true that our house is on fire, but humans are not responsible for it. If you care about the earth please watch our informative video "House on Fire"

  • Jean Montinat says:

    Please let this madness end in Nov 2020 how much more insanity can America take from this alt-right narcissistic wannabe dictator and his nationalist regime.

  • Reading between the lines: "Stall Climate Change policies. Solution is to keep doing what we are doing and hope new technology saves us"

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