President Joe Biden visited Lorraine, Ohio on Thursday – a small industrial metropolitan city 140 miles southeast of Ann Arbor to discuss $ 1 trillion. infrastructure bill he signed the law last November and announce $ 1 billion in funding for the protection of the Great Lakes.
To a cohort of lawmakers and cabinet members, Biden addressed a crowd of about 60 guests at The Shipyards, a warehouse that has evolved into a restaurant standing on the banks of the Black River and Lake Erie.
The president’s trip to the Cleveland suburbs is one of several recent speeches by Democrat politicians in support of the infrastructure package. Both are U.S. representative Debbie DingelD-MI and Biden’s visits served to discuss infrastructure and conservation efforts in the Great Lakes.
The crowd was greeted after Biden announced $ 1 billion in funding The Great Lakes Restoration Initiativea program dedicated to the protection of wildlife and ecosystems of the Great Lakes basin.
“This will restore the most significant in the history of the Great Lakes,” Biden said. “We are going to speed up the cleanup of facilities in the six states of the Great Lakes Basin … And we know that these areas have been dangerously polluted for decades. We are committed to them (cleansing).
“Our infrastructure used to be number one in the world,” Biden said. “Today, according to the World Economic Forum, we rank 13th in the world. China and the rest of the world are catching up and bypassing us. But now, with our infrastructure law, we are reinvesting in our economy and in ours – and in our people, restoring our leadership and creating millions of jobs to build a better America. That’s what we’re going to do. “
Biden said the United States must protect environmental resources such as the Great Lakes by creating jobs aimed at eliminating pollution from abandoned wells and mines in the Midwest.
“We also show that economic growth and job creation can go hand in hand with protecting the environment, not destroying it, (and) preserving the moment of climate change,” Biden said. “The Infrastructure Act also helps us invest in a cleaner, stronger and more sustainable electricity grid, with 100% clean electricity to be generated by 2035.”
Bradley opened the program by thanking the president for his efforts to restore the Great Lakes ecosystems, which he believes will benefit citizens in settlements built around lakes such as Lorraine.
“We sincerely hope that by 2030 the Black River will cease to be a zone of concern and that the ecosystem will be restored after all the years of neglect,” Bradley said. “Without the help of our president, this would never have happened.”
Regan discussed the Black River and 25 others problems – facilities that have suffered from significant environmental degradation – throughout the Great Lakes basin.
“Many of these areas include or adjoin colored communities, communities with much above-average poverty rates, and communities that already bear the greatest burden of environmental pollution,” Regan said. “More than two decades… progress has been painfully slow… I can proudly say it ends with the Biden administration.”
You can see a recording of the performances of Regan and Biden here.
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