tv President Trump Remarks on the Environment CSPAN July 9, 2019 3:21am-4:12am EDT
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you very you, thank much. i hope you all had truly an independent -- wonderful independence day weekend, despite the heavy rain, and it was heavy, we had a remarkable salute to america on the national mall. incredible. [applause] trump: standing on the steps of the great lincoln memorial and looking out at the big, beautiful crowd, braving back toher all the way the washington monument, we celebrated freedom in all its magnificence while saluting our great military, who is something
really special and i will say it was a wonderful day for all americans and based on its tremendous success, we are making the decision, and i think we can say we have made the decision to do it next year and maybe we can say for the foreseeable future. [applause] pres. trump: as we celebrate our nations 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 is our country's incredible natural splendor. that is the shared obligation that brings us together today. we have some incredibly talented the environment
and what we are doing probably better than any people on earth. from day one, my administration has made it a top priority to make sure america is one of the very cleanest air and cleanest water on the planet. we want to cleanest air. we want crystal clean water, and that is what we are doing and verywe are working on hard. for this afternoon, we are mnuchin,to have steven david bernhardt commerce secretary wilbur ross, thank you, wilbur. , drug pricesx azar are coming down, i see it. [laughter] pres. trump: secretary elaine chao. administrator inter-wheeler -- andrew wheeler. and chair of the council of environmental quality, mary neumeier.
in a few moments, we will hear an update on some of their very important work. also with us, our senators kevin cramer, steve daines, john barrow -- these are three great, great senators. prejudiced a little because i liked him very much but they are great senators. thank you. [applause] westermannsman bruce , and thank you, bruce, for being here very much. thank you very much. thank you all for being here. wille cabinet secretaries 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 and very dearly, and andementing program policies to unlocking new technologies which improve american life and america's environment, so important. that are incredible goals everyone in this country should be able to rally behind and they have rallied behind. they have rallied behind in a very republican and democrat way. is really something that is bipartisan. for years, politicians told america a strong economy and vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment. in other words, one thing doesn't go with the other and that is wrong, because we are proving the exact opposite. a strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment. , produce, andte growth, we are able to unleash
technologies and processes that make the environment better to -- by reassuring -- and so importantly, by reassuring production, taking it away from foreign polluters and back to american soil. the previous administration waged a relentless war on american energy. they sought to punish workers, 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 put americans out of work and they put them out of work rapidly. they moved production to foreign countries with lower standards and our companies were forced to do that, and they did not want to do that. they drive up the price of gas
and electricity at home and drive it to levels that are literally unaffordable. by the way, that is happening to many other countries, but not happening here. other countries, the pricing on electricity is so high. not even to be affordable. at our level, we are doing numbers that no one has seen before. no one believes what we are doing and what we are producing, electricity and other things for. punishing americans is never the best way to produce a better environment or better economy. we have rejected this failed approach and we are seeing incredible results. since the election, we have created more than 6 million new jobs. nobody would have believed that. [applause] pres. trump: 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 headlines. 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 close to 160 million people, which is unthinkable. if you go back three years, they would say unthinkable. we are unlocking american energy and the united states is next -- now a net exporter of clean, affordable, american natural gas. we are exploring all over the world. [applause] pres. trump: today, the united states is ranked number one in
the world for access to clean drinking water. ranked number one in the world. [applause] pres. trump: 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 are six times lower than the average. that's a tremendous number. since 2000, our nation's energy emissions have declined more than any other country on earth. -- think of that, emissions are projected to drop in 2019 and 2020. we are doing a very tough job and not everybody knows it. that is one of the reasons we are here today to speak to you. every single one of the signatories of the paris climate accord lags behind america in overall emissions reduction.
who would have thought that is possible? for this reason, i withdrew the united states from the unfair, ineffective, and very expensive paris climate accord. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. my administration is now revising the past administration's ill guided effort to better protect the environment and to protect our american workers. as an example, there's a very good place for solar energy. i'm a believer in solar energy. it hasn't fully developed. it has a long way to go, but it really has a tremendous future. the united states does not have to sacrifice our own jobs to lead the world on environment. my administration that the new
-- set the new global standard with unprecedented provisions in the u.s., mexico, canada agreement. commonly referred to as the usmca. it includes the first ever provisions to take on the challenge of marine debris. i'm sure you have all seen by watching television, reading about it -- it is a tremendous problem -- thousands and thousands of tons of this debris float onto our shores after it is 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 problems. 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 unthinkable and a number not affordable even at the best of times. if you go one is 50 years from now and we've had great success, that is not even a number thought to be affordable. it will crush the dreams of poor americans and minority communities. i will not stand for it. we will defend the environment but also defend american prosperity and american sovereignty, and we will defend american jobs. [no audio] [applause] pres. trump: we have refocused
the epa back on its core mission and last year, the agency completed more waste cleanups 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 made great strides cleaning up damage near a paper plant in -- in kalamazoo, michigan, something beyond accept. also, the westlake land will in missouri. we've also directed $65 million 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. it is some project. [applause]
that is some project and for the strengthening standards to and for the first time in nearly 30 years, the process is strengthening standards to protect vulnerable children from lead and copper exposure. last month, our epa took the first major action against lead contaminated dust. i signed america's water infrastructure act with these great gentleman here. we worked very hard on that and improvet easy to drinking water and support other critical product. has directedation for lake $1 billion okeechobee. i was out there three months ago
with the governor and senator from florida. we had our two senators marco rubio and our great governor. we made a certain commitment and the commitment has already taken place. we are fixing lake okeechobee. people are very happy about it in the florida everglades. we are restoring the ecosystems in the everglades and i also signed legislation authorizing $100 million 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 the damages coastal areas and causes tremendous havoc and we have a way of straightening it out and we are getting it done. we are joined today by bruce inack, owner of billy bones port st. lucie, florida. his business was devastated by toxic algae from lake okeechobee.
bruce, please come up and tell us about what is happening and what we are doing for you. where is bruce? oh, bruce. hi. [applause] >> hello. how are you all today? we made a big trip up here to make sure we are here. this is very important. this is my family's business. i've owned a 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 is my best friend. he is a brain cancer survivor and he beat it. now he is 21, and thank you. thank you. [applause] say that, mr. president, you are not only
doing a tremendous job all the your interest in the environment brings my heart towards knowing that what you are doing is going wonderfully. sobusiness in 2018 was horrible -- i own two stores, we closed several days a week because of the algae and people being frightened, they were afraid to touch the water and everything. marine mechanic, but basically, your completion of this dike is going to make a tremendous difference because we can store more water in lake okeechobee, safely store it so the residents that are around there are safe. care and we are concerned about them, us on the coast, believe me. that the water is not go into
st. louishatchee and estuary. it is full of contaminants and fertilizers. mr. president, you mentioned about the red tide. this fertilizer and all the contaminants is like a superpower and we have seen devastation on the west coast like none other before in 2018. i'm so grateful for all the work you are doing, sir, and everything and everglades restoration and also, i heard great news that the dike is going to be finished much sooner than expected. 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 at the president talking, i said i don't care, i am proud of who i am. i am a licensed charter boat 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] mr. hrobak: and sir, my nephew, thank you all. my nephew is 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 telling the truth. [applause] mr. hrobak: my dad taught me don't tell no lies. when you want me to shut up, i will, but i am telling the truth. thank you very much. he sounded a little like donald trump, but you are much handsomer. thank you so much. [applause] mr. hrobak: you have 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. [laughter] pres. trump: 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 will say this. i spoke with the governor of california, spoke with many people in the process of lly nowg is rea taking precedent. 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 never heard of the term forest nation. they live in forests, 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, and maybe 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 agencies. and previous administrations have allowed these lands to be mismanaged, and thus, are burdened with heavy fuel loads. wildland fire policy is also allowing management objectives to be attained 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. they are going to do it, and 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 criteria 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 brownfields program, which transforms contented sites into -- contaminated sites into community assets. we recently announced nearly $65 million in brownfield grants to 149 communities nationwide. 40% of these communities are 's fundingbrownfield 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 regard 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 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: 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 contrast, 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 critical for wildlife conservation. since january 2017 across the system, 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 is 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. a great state and 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 technology that will meet the global need for safe,
affordable, beautiful, crystal-clear water. [applause] mr. perry: mr. president, it has been your policies, 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] president trump: thank you. [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. that's fantastic. so important the job you are doing. thank you very much, rick. when i ran for president, i pledged a strong, growing 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. thank you. [applause] thank you. ♪
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