President Trump Remarks on the Environment CSPAN July 8, 2019 7:11pm-8:03pm EDT
ambassador to the u.s. takes part in a discussion on migration and purity issues along the u.s. southern border. speaks at the american enterprise institute on tuesday at 11:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3. a navyn, remarks from admiral who serves as commander of the u.s. southern command on the current national defense strategy. he testifies before a senate armed services subcommittee, starting at 3:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3. earlier today at the white house, president trump spoke about environmental policy. he was joined by the epa administrator, andrew wheeler, interior secretary, bernhardt, and rick perry. this is 50 minutes. ♪
weekend in spite of the heavy rain, and it was really heavy. we had a remarkable salute to america on the national mall. incredible. [applause] pres. trump: standing on the steps of the great lincoln memorial and looking out on the crowds, these incredible, big, beautiful crowd, breathing the weather got to the washington monument, we celebrated freedom in all of its magnificence while saluting our great military. it was something really special and i will say this, it was a wonderful day for all americans. based on a tremendous success, we are just making the decision. i think the thinking made the decision to do it again next year and maybe we can say for the foreseeable future.
[applause] pres. trump: as we celebrate our nation's founding, we are reminded once more of our profound obligation to protect america's extraordinary blessings for the next generation and many generations, frankly, to come. among the heritage, we must preserve our country's incredible natural splendor. that is the shared obligation that brings us together today. we have some incredibly talented people that no environment and what we are doing probably better than many people on earth. day one, we have made it a top priority to ensure that america is among the very cleanest air and cleanest water on the planet. we want the cleanest air. we want crystal clean water. and that is what we are doing and what we are working on so hard. , wethis afternoon's event
are pleased to be joined by secretary steven mnuchin. thank you very much. david bernhardt. david, thank you. secretary wilbur ross. thank you, wilbur. secretary alex azar. alex, great job. prices are coming down. i see it. out of you. secretary elaine chao. thank you. .dministrator andrew wheeler andrew, thank you. and chair of the council of environmental quality, mary knew my a thank you, mary. thank you very much. we will havents, an update on some of their very important work. also with us our senators kevin cramer, steve daines, john. these are three great senators. perhaps i am a little prejudiced because i like them very much, but they are great senators. thank you. [applause]
and -- pres. trump: and congressman bruce westermann. thank you for being here. appreciate it very much. thank you all for being here. as the cabinet secretaries will tell you, from the very beginning, i have 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 land that threaten our most vulnerable citizens and threaten them very dearly, and implementing programs policies to unlock innovation and new technologies which improve american life and america's environment. so important. goals thatncredible everyone in this country should be able to rally behind, and a
have rallied behind. they have rallied behind it in a very republican and democrat way. i believe that is something that is bipartisan. for years, politicians all americans that a strong economy and a vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment. words, one thing does not go with the other, and that is wrong, because we are proving the opposite. a strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment. when we innovate, produce, and grow, we are it will to unleash technologies and processes that make the environment better while , all the production way, taking it away from foreign polluters and back to american soil. the previous administration waged a relentless war on american energy. we cannot do that.
they sought to punish our workers, our producers, and manufacturers with ineffective that allowedents the world's worst polluting countries to continue their practices. these radical plan would not make the world cleaner. they would just make and put americans out of work, and they put them out of work rapidly. they moved production to foreign countries with lower standards. our companies were forced to do that and they did not want to do that, and they drive up the price of gas and electricity at home and drive it to levels that unaffordable. and by the way, that is happening to many other countries, but it is 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 has seen before. nobody believes what we are
doing and what we are producing. electricity and other things. punishing americans is never the right way to produce a better environment or a better economy. we have rejected this failed approach and we are seeing incredible results. since the election, we have created m 6 million new jobs. nobody would have believed that. i don't think anybody -- nobody. nobody. if i would have said that during the campaign, it would not have been a pretty picture the next day as i read the headline. 6 million new jobs. unemployment has reached the lowest rate in half a century. and we have more people working today than have ever worked in the history of our country. we are getting very 160 million
people, which is on thinkable. if you go -- unthinkable. we are unlocking american energy in the united states. we are now in net exporter of clean, affordable, american natural gas. we are exporting all over the world. [applause] pres. trump: and today, the united states is range, 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 than the lower here global average. we hear so much about some countries and what everyone is
doing. we are six times lower than the average. that is a tremendous number. our nations energy-related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country on earth. from that. emissions are projected to drop in 2019 and 2020. we are doing a very tough job and not everybody knows it, and that is one of the reasons we are here today to speak to you. every single one of the signatories to the parents climate accord lags -- paris us.ate accord lags behind for 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. [applause] pres. trump: 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. in solar energy. it has not fully developed. it has got a long way to go. but it has really got a tremendous future. the united states does not have to sacrifice our own jobs to lead the world on the environment. thedministration set standard with unprecedented provisions in the u.s.-mexico-canada agreement, commonly referred to as the u.s. ca, whichith -- usm includes the provisions to take on marine litter and debris. i am sure you have all seen, by watching televisions, by maybe
tremendousut it, problem. thousands and thousands of tons d on to ourris flowe shores after it is dumped into the ocean by other countries. the tides come to us. usually, that was everything, but this is not so good. this is a tremendous problem. thousands and thousands of tons of garbage comes to us. we are focused on practical solutions. more than 100 democrats in congress now support the so-called green new deal. their plan is estimated to cost our economy nearly $100 trillion, a number on thinkable --, a member -- unthinkable, a number not affordable even in the best of times. if you go 150 years from now, that is not a number that is even thought to be affordable.
millions of jobs. it will crush the dreams of the poorest americans. and disproportionately harm minority communities. i will not stand for it. we will defend the environment, but we will also defend american sovereignty, american prosperity , and we will defend american jobs. we have refocused the epa back on its core mission. last year, the agency completed more superfund hazardous waste cleanups than any year of the previous administrations, and set records in almost every year. we have done tremendous work on superfunds. to name just a few examples, we made great strides cleaning up damage near a paper plant in
kalamazoo, michigan, something that was beyond fixup. they thought that was never going to happen. and also, the westlake landfill in missouri. we also directed $65 million in grant tos clean up even more to cleanted -- grants up even more contaminated sites in american communities. the vast majority home to lower income citizens. that is some project. [applause] pres. trump: that is some project. and for the first time in nearly three years, we are in the process of strengthening national drinking water standards to protect honorable children from lead and copper exposure. something that has not been done and we are doing it. must month, our epa took the nearly two action decades to reduce exposure to lead contaminated dust.
i signed america's water infrastructure at along with -- act along with these great gentleman here. we worked very hard on that. very hard. it was not easy to further improve drinking water infrastructure and support other critical projects. our administration has directed over $.5 billion to six lake fix theee, the -- okeechobee, the herbert hoover dike. the senator from florida. we had our two senators. we had rick scott, marco rubio, and our great new governor, ron desantis. we were all out, and we made a certain commitment, and the enmmitment has already taki place. people are already happy about in the florida everglades. we are restoring the ecosystems
in the everglades. i signed legislation authorizing $100 million right red tide -- fight red tide, a big problem people don't know about. when you do know about it, that means trouble, because it is. another toxic algae that damages coastal areas and is causing tremendous have it and we have oc. we are joined by tackle inof bait and port st. lucie. his business was damaged by late algae from okeechobee. tell us about what has happened and what we are doing for you. where is bruce? [applause] bruce: hello. how are you all today?
trip.e a good this is very important. this is my family's. i have owned the bait and tackle stores in 2001 -- in florida since 2006. i have my son, tanner, over here with me. he means the world to me. he is my best friend and my son. he is a brain cancer survivor. he beat it, and now, he is 21. thank you. thank you. i wanted to say. thank you. i wanted to say that mr. president, you are not only doing a tremendous job all the way around, but you jumping into this environment brings my heart to want, knowing that what you is a truth. it is going wonderfully. my business and 2018 was so horrible. i own two stores. we closed several days a week because of, you know, the algae, and people being frightened, afraid to touch the water.
i have a marine mechanic. i wanted to say he 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 inmate okeechobee, safely store it -- in lake okeechobee, safely store it some residents are safe. we are concerned about them. believe me. that the water does not go into the colusa hatching, into the st. lucie estuary. it is full of contaminants and fertilizers. mr. president, you mentioned about the red tide. it is a natural occurrence. this fertilizer and all these contaminants is like a superpower. we have seen devastation on the west coast like none other
before in 2018. so i so i am just grateful for all the work you are doing and everglades restoration and also, i heard great news that the dike is going to be finished much sooner, 2022, than expected. i personally want to thank you because this year they are not dumping, we are doing much better, my wife is not yelling at me as much. [laughter] mr. hrobak: she said you are going to be to the president care, i i said i don't am proud of who i am. i am a licensed charter both captain and i have done it since i was 25 years old. and i just want to say thank you for the opportunity to speak and thank you for everything that you are doing, sir. i speak for so many people.
you bring my heart to warmth for everything you're doing. all the way around. [applause] nephew,ak: and sir, my thank you all. like my son. he is in south korea right now in the army and he is doing things. he is so proud of you and those boys, they all just -- i have never seen people that are so proud of our president and i just, i'm amazed. we stayed up to watch you when you got elected. we were like he's got it, he's got it. i'm sorry, i'm talling the truth. [applause] mr. hrobak: my dad taught me don't tell no lies. thank you very much. he sounded a little like donald trump, but you are much hand
omer. -- handsomeer. thank you so much. [applause] mr. hrobak: you have no mate -- no idea how many people appreciate how much you have done. and i want to say one final thing. i have a big mouth. god bless america and god bless our president. give him a hand. trump 2020. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. wow. well, that was unexpected. we appreciate it, bruce. that's better than any speechwriter i could get. who am i going to get like that? i appreciate it, thank you. thank you very much. earlier this year, i also signed the save our seas act to protect our oceans from waste and pollution. to improve water access worldwide, we are supporting the
development of breakthrough technologies with the department of energy's water grand challenge. my administration is strongly promoting bipartisan solutions for conservation and we are really getting along very well with the democrats on that one, we are getting things done. this year i signed the largest public land package in a decade, designating 1.3 million acres and expanding recreational access. in december, i signed a historic executive order promoting much more active forest management to prevent catastrophic wildfires like those that recently devastated california and oregon. [applause] pres. trump: i went to the fires in california and i said it is also management. it is a lot of things happening but it is management. you cannot have dirty floors, you cannot have 20 years of leaves and fallen trees.
after the first 17 months they say the tree is like a piece of tinder. you have to be very careful. you can't have that, that is why you have so many fires. i spoke with the governor of california, spoke with many people in the process of cleaning is now really taking -- a lot of people are looking at forest management. it is a word people did not understand last year and now they are getting it. you don't have to have any forest fires. it is interesting, i spoke to certain countries and they said, sir, we are a forest nation. i never thought of a country -- well-known countries. we are a forest nation. i know -- i never heard of the term forest nation. they live in forest. and they don't have problems. one was telling me his trees are much more susceptible to fire than what they have in california but they don't have fires because they manage, they clean, they do what you have to do. there is not so much to burn. and we are going to start doing that.
and it is called, remember, management, it is called forest management. it is a very important term. when i went to california they scoffed at me for the first two, three weeks, not so much four weeks. and after five weeks they said, you know, he is right. he is right. so, i think you are going to see a lot of good things. it is a lot of area, a lot of land, but a lot of tremendous things are happening. we are joined today by colleen roberts, a county commissioner from jackson county, oregon. colleen, please come up and tell us a little bit about your approach on forest management and all of the community work you have done that has been so successful, please. thank you very much. [applause] ms. roberts: so, i want to thank our president trump and your administration, sir, for this great opportunity to be here today and speak on this very important issue. and in support of your executive order to reduce the hazardous
fuel loads in our federal forests. jackson county in southern oregon comprises about 50% of federal lands to be managed by our federal agency. and previous administrations have allowed these lands to be mismanaged, and thus, are burdened with heavy fuel loads. wildland fire policy is also a management objectives to be obtained through prescribed burnings during our fire season, is flawed. our board has studied and successfully shared information with neighboring counties and naco, the national association of counties, in an effort to achieve wildland fire policy changes. we have suffered through years of hazardous wildfire conditions and during toxic smoke events for the past two years that endured not just for a day, but three and four months on end and it has adversely affected the health of our residents and our economy. field reduction through the executive order that our
president has put forth and fire policies can work together for healthy forests and public lands that our citizens deserve. in all of this and more, you, president trump, have become a friend and the biggest ally to the counties in this great country, and i am here to say thank you and support you. thank you so much. [applause] pres. trump: thank you, colleen. and i also spoke with the governor of california about helping out with the earthquakes and we will be doing that. we are working very closely in california with the various representatives and we are making a lot of progress.
that was something that was a long time, a lot of shock, a lot of shake. and we are helping out. so we are working with government. and all across the nation our policies are ensuring that extreme agendas do not stand in the way of responsible use of public lands. we are getting washington bureaucrats off of their backs, and we want to make sure that they go out and help our hunters and our fishers and farmers and everyone. they want to do it. everybody that enjoys and really loves the great outdoors. in the proud tradition of conservation that the republican party inherits from teddy roosevelt, we will preserve this land for our magnificent people. that is what we are doing, we are preserving our land, we are making our land better and cleaner and safer. now i would like to invite administrator andrew wheeler up. he's at the epa. he is doing a fantastic job and keeping america clean. and we appreciate it very much. andrew, please come up. [applause] mr. wheeler: thank you, president trump for your
leadership. when you asked me to take the lead at epa one year ago you asked me to do three things. continue to clean up the air, continue to clean up the water, and continue to provide regulatory relief to keep the economy growing. the president knows we can do all three at the same time. and here's the evidence. from 1970 to 2018, u.s. criteria air pollution fell 74% while the economy grew by 275%. under your administration, emissions of all the critera air pollutants continue to decline. for example -- [applause] mr. wheeler: yes. for example, the lead and sulfur dioxide have dropped by double digit percentages over the last two years. today we have the cleanest air on record, and we are a global leader for access to clean drinking water. we are making tremendous environmental progress under
president trump, and the public needs to know that. pollution is on the decline and our focus is to accelerate its decline, particularly in the most at-risk communities. there may be no better example than our renewed focus on the federal program that cleans up large, hazardous sites. in the past, it was not unusual for a site to sit on the superfund national priorities list for decades. we believe a site on the national priorities list should be just that, a national priority. our actions demonstrate that. in fiscal year 2018, we deleted the most sites from the national priorities list in one year since 2005. this year we are on track to delete even more, breaking that record. we are also reinvigorating our ground fields program which transforms contented sites into community assets. we recently announced nearly $65
million in grants to 149 communities nationwide. 40% of these communities are receiving brown fields funding for the very first time. and thanks to the president's historic tax reform package we are prioritizing opportunity zones. of the 149 grant recipients, 108 have identified sites designated as opportunity zones, including in cities such as detroit and green bay. on air quality we are helping areas across the country reduce air pollution and meet the nation's air quality standards. on water, we are helping communities modernize their water infrastructure. since 2017, we have issued over eight water infrastructure loans totaling over $2 billion. these loans will help finance roughly $4 billion in water infrastructure projects and create 6000 jobs. we have already invited an additional 42 projects to apply for additional funding. these projects will improve water quality for millions of americans while creating high-paying jobs. we are equally committed to
improving the health of our oceans. the usmca contains an historic first-ever commitment to reduce marine litter. 60% of the world's marine litter comes from six asian countries. we have the technology and the expertise to help these nations. the truth is when other countries need help cleaning up their air, water, or land, they turn to us for assistance. not china, not russia. we have the environmental laws, we develop the technologies, and we get the job done. america is and will remain the gold standard for environmental protection, and every american should know that our nation is cleaner, safer, and stronger today thanks to the leadership of president trump. [applause] pres. trump: thank you, andrew.
fantastic job. who would have known that, andrew? i am glad you finally let people know what we are doing. we are working hard. i think harder than many previous administrations, maybe almost all of them. i would like to invite mary neumayr to the podium. mary has some terrific things to say and i appreciate you being here, mary. thank you very much. please. [applause] ms. neumayr: president trump, thank you for your leadership and continuing to advance environmental protection. over the past 2.5 years, president trump has taken decisive action to address environmental challenges. at his direction, federal agencies are more efficiently implementing air quality standards, more actively managing our nation's forests to improve their health and reduce wildfire risks, promoting reliable water supplies and deliveries in the western united states, increasing federal coordination in the
environmental review and permitting process, and efficiently managing federal operations to save energy and water, reduce waste, and cut costs. under the president's leadership, across the federal government, agencies have continued to improve their energy and environmental performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal operations. one of the many important areas where president trump has taken action is with regards to ocean policy. our country is blessed with some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. our beaches are places for our families to enjoy, especially at this time of year. our oceans provide a way of life, support diverse marine species and habitats, and offer recreational opportunities. our oceans also support the livelihoods of millions of americans. coastal communities depend on clean, healthy waters. under president trump's direction, agencies are improving the management of our
ocean and coastal waters for present and future generations of americans. a little over a year ago, president trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to improve coordination on ocean-related matters, work with state-led -- work with state-led regional ocean partnerships, expand access to federal ocean-related data, and maximize agency investment and ocean research. federal agencies are working with state, regional, and other stakeholders to address coastal and ocean management challenges. the agencies are also prioritizing research to better understand and protect our coastal environment, to improve our knowledge of our vast oceans, and to develop next-generation ocean technologies. this fall, the administration will convene a summit to promote partnerships in ocean, science, and technology. the summit will showcase american leadership and engage
the research community and the private sector to explore the unknown ocean, advance marine science, and promote new technology. in addition to implementing the save our seas act signed by president trump, our federal agencies have also prioritized addressing the harmful effects of marine debris. this administration has engage with members of congress, conservation organizations, the private sector, and other nations. it is critical that we effectively take action on this issue and improve the health of our oceans. the administration is committed to ensuring that we are good stewards of our environment, while supporting american prosperity. we look forward to continuing to address our nation's environmental challenges and to improving quality of life for all americans. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. what a great job you are doing. thank you very much. appreciate it.
so, a man who was very responsible for tremendous success, salute to america, department of interiors, kept you very busy, david. david bernhardt, come on up. [applause] mr. bernhardt: good afternoon. it is an honor to serve a president who has been focused on conservation stewardship since day one. the president mentioned that he signed into law the largest public lands legislation in over a decade. thank you all. we are aggressively implementing this act, which among other things designated 1.3 million acres of public land as wilderness, as you said. to put that into perspective, 1.3 million acres exceeds the entire size of the state of rhode island. today, the geographic area of our nation's wilderness system
is actually larger than every state in the union except for texas and alaska. we are ensuring that future generations receive the benefit of an enduring wilderness system. mr. president, throughout your term, interior has also been focused on strengthening the north american wildlife conservation model, which is the best in the world. the model was originally conceived by american hunters and anglers who were the first to crusade for wildlife protection, and retain some of today's most important conservation leadership. the success of this model depends on a strong federal state partnership, and the continued commitment and participation of the hunters and anglers. these important relationships were frayed under the prior administration.
in contract, your administration has fostered stewardship collaboration by working with the states, not unilaterally, on our shared mission to conserve fish and wildlife and preserve their habitats for future generations. for example, since 2017 at interior, we have released 292 million sport fish which provide recreational angling opportunities while contributing to species restoration and recovery goals. we have removed 325 barriers, opening over 8000 river miles for native fish through our national fish passage program. public access and outdoor recreation opportunities are vertical for wildlife -- critical for wildlife conservation. since january 2017, we have devoted more than $52 million to restore, retain, and enhance access to outdoor recreation sites and support habitat infrastructure. during that time we have also opened or expanded hunting and
fishing access to 385,000 acres on refuge lands. and last month we announced our plan to open or expand an additional 1.4 million acres in several national wildlife refuges and fish estuaries for new hunting, fishing, and recreational activities. [applause] mr. bernhardt: it's a big number. the reality is that america leads the world in wilderness and wildlife conservation efforts. under president trump's common sense leadership, every day at interior we are increasing access to our public lands, increasing recreational opportunities on those public lands, and enhancing our conservation efforts. so, thank you. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much, david. i got to know this one.
you, i did not know, but i got to know this one. he was a tough competitor on the campaign trail. he wanted this position. and we fought and we fought and i said you know, i want him someday. if i win i am going to get him in some capacity. and who is better to get than a man who successfully ran texas for 12 years. is that what it is? 12 years? a long time. you did a great job. i said i want rick perry working for
us. he knows more about energy than anybody. come on up, rick. [applause] mr. perry: mr. president, i want to tell you that last thursday was a big day for me. in the morning i got to welcome my first grandson into the world. [applause]
mr. perry: and that afternoon i got to watch the president of the united states give one of the greatest history lessons that i have ever seen before. and to celebrate the american military like i have never seen it celebrated before. i am proud to be standing with you, proud to be working in this cabinet with these men and women. this is a great moment for america. it is a great moment for americans for a lot of reasons. [applause] mr. perry: and today, i am really proud to get to stand up here in front of america, and the world for that matter, as they watch this, and to recognize how important today is because the chance to tell a story that often does not get told in a proper way. and a story about what this administration is doing to clean up the environment. what this administration is doing on policies that are having an effect on our environment.
at the department of energy, we have championed both a historic development of our nation's resources and the technological breakthroughs that are literally cascading across this country in ways to use energy more cleanly, more efficiently than anyone ever thought possible before. we know that by investing in innovative solutions like carbon capture utilization, sequestration, zero emission works like our nuclear power, exporting those technologies to other countries. we are being able to share our technologies around the world of cleaner energy, without surrendering one single fuel, one iota of growth.
one iota of opportunity. that is what this president is all about. that is your record, mr. president. we are seeing, on your watch, america become the number one producer of oil and gas in the world. [applause] mr. perry: we are seeing emissions being reduced around the world. i was with some of our friends from the european union and reminding them about what you are being able to do in this country with the innovation. we are being able to deliver liquefied natural gas to them so they can move away from these dirtier, burning, old, inefficient plants and bring a cleaner environment to those countries. you know, it is our national labs at the department of energy. we have talked about this and you have seen this through your years, where this technological revolution that is occurring.
we are not only increasing our energy supply, but we are making it cleaner. we are doing it in a way that the world is enjoying with us. and at your direction, mr. president, d.o.e. launched, as you mentioned earlier, the water security grand challenge. using the power of competition, the water security grand challenge will spur innovation and advances in transformational thatgy that -- technology will meet the global need for safe, affordable, beautiful, crystal-clear water. [applause] mr. perry: mr. president, it has been your policy, it has been your focus that greater energy security for america.
while at the same time, enhancing our environmental stewardship. i think the world needs to look at your leadership, look at what you have done. you know, for too long there has been this conventional wisdom that you have got to choose between economic growth and environmental protection. that's a false choice, and it's one that you have talked about, mr. president. it has always been this country. and this country that leads. just like you reminded people last thursday, the greatness of america, the innovation of america, and the future of this world will rely greatly upon america and this administration. thank you, mr. president, for the opportunity. [applause]
pres. trump: and what
rick has done with our nuclear supply, nuclear energy, and all forms nuclear, has been absolutely incredible in a very short period of time. i want to thank you. fantastic. so important the job you are doing. when i ran for president, i pledged a strong economy and a healthy environment, because i believe that we can pursue both at the same time. we have only one america. we have only one planet. that is why every day of my presidency, we will fight for a cleaner environment and a better quality of life for every one of our great citizens. above all, we will remain loyal to the american people and be faithful stewards of god's glorious creation, from sea to shining sea. thank you all very much for being here. god bless you and god bless america.
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