President Joe Biden tried to advance his domestic spending plans Tuesday by touring a renewable energy lab in Colorado to highlight how his clean-energy proposals would help combat climate change and create good-paying jobs along the way.
READ MORE: President Joe Biden tried to advance his domestic spending plans in Colorado on Tuesday by warning about the dangers of climate change while highlighting how his clean-energy proposals would also create well-paying jobs.
The trip to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Flatirons Campus outside Denver capped the president's two-day swing to the West, and it offered Biden the chance to continue linking the need to pass his spending package to the urgent threat posed by climate change.
"Here's the good news: Something that is caused by humans can be solved by humans," Biden said. He deemed the need for a clean-energy future an "economic imperative and a national security imperative" and said that there was no time to waste as the impact of climate change seems to grow more severe by the year.
Biden said that extreme weather events will cost more than $100 billion in damages this year, and he underscored his goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 while using solely carbon pollution-free power by 2035.
"We can do that. We can do all of this in a way that creates good jobs, lowers costs to consumers and businesses, and makes us global leaders," the president said.