President Biden’s Pre-Meeting Remarks on the Federal Government’s Offshore Wind Energy Implementation Partnership

Roosevelt room

3:24pm EST

THE PRESIDENT: I ​​want to say to the press: We have a wonderful group of conservatives and labor leaders and business leaders in the room here, but I’m not going to take the time to introduce everyone now.

Let me just say – at the beginning here – this is – you know, cabinet members as well – I think we’re at a place where we’re getting to an exciting point where there seems to be a fusion of the concept of that, you know, alternative energy makes sense, and wind is a huge part of it.

I was in Colorado, and actually–never thought I’d see a blade for a 102-yard windmill. And you can literally pick up on the end of it, and it was — I mean, technology is incredibly changing.

But look, you know, we’re going to deepen our partnership on offshore wind as well as climate in general, and create jobs — good jobs, union jobs.

And I apologize, I always talk about unions, but the reason I talk about them, and it’s not a joke, is that they have the most qualified workers in the world. I mean, they are the best trained. Hmm – like going to college. I’ve had a four-year apprenticeship. You know, you get paid little when you do that, but it takes a lot of work.

And I think it’s really, you know — you know, building business jobs, steel jobs, manufacturing jobs. And, you know, it’s not just about the future, it’s about the now.

Listen, we — I think we’re over — have been talking about this for a long time. We talked about this for a long time.

And in – the last administration tried to block offshore wind because it thought it might cause cancer. it’s not a joke. But in fact – that’s what the last man said. But it has nothing to do with it. What it had to do with it was that they didn’t want to invest in alternative energy.

And I could add – and I mean this honestly – about work: Before that – when I was running, I made sure to go to all the major labor unions and tell them about my environmental plan and why. And when I think of “climate,” when I think of “environment,” I think of “jobs.” Careers. And these – these are well-paying jobs, and they make a big, big difference.

And my administration has set bold goals starting with: 30 gigawatts by 2030. That’s 10 million homes. Ten million homes with offshore wind. Ports are back in economic engines, getting into a situation where foundries and factories are working – again, creating jobs. and a more flexible grid, harnessing technologies such as battery storage.

And by the way, I know you all know this, but I’m – I’m not sure everyone in the country knows this: Technology is changing so fast in battery technology. It’s just amazing what I expect you’ll see in the next two to ten years – I mean, in terms of technological changes.

This is a real boost to energy security. It really changes creation – and jobs, and reduces consumer costs.

And we’ve approved more projects, we’ve had record rental sales, and we’ve pushed community and local investment project work agreements — and local supply chains in ways never before.

We’ve shown that we’re open to business and as the — millions of private sector — we’ve spent billions in private capital, like the companies that are here around this table as well. These are states that multiply, like the rulers in this room and on display. And – together, you know, we advance, like the union workers in this room too.

You know, I don’t think we could have had this meeting four years ago, fi – not because of the former – I mean, a lot has changed. There are business, employment, rulers, they all come together in ways we’ve never been before.

And — and so I just think that means that workers and societies move forward. And together, we are on the verge of building a better America. I mean it really – America is better.

And I just wanted to stop and thank everyone. And I can note what one of my employees said earlier, before–when, in the early afternoon, I was talking about this. And that is that we’re in a situation where, you know, if you take — do you have that — where are the employees that have that — that printout the size of this — would you mind asking me?

(The document is delivered to the president).

This showed everyone that I could, and you’ve all seen it. You – this table knows. When we talk about – this is the view of the Empire State Building. This is the Eiffel Tower. That’s the average land turbine – 460 feet. This is the longest turbine on shore – 540 feet. This is GE Haliade-X’s new 835-foot offshore wind project on Block Island. See how tall it is. Approx – 853 feet.

And there’s a reason this is so important, as you all know, but I want the press to know – is that the farthest winds in the ocean always blow. It’s not like it happens every now and then, like you’re waiting at the beach, where we have to deal with battery storage, technology storage, etc. It always blows. And it can produce as much energy as a coal mine, as much energy as oil, you know, well – wells. I mean, it’s just–and it’s–and it’s clean, real, and continuous.

And so I would just like to thank all of you for everything you are willing to do, especially the private companies that are coming forward here. It’s a big time. We’re going up, talking about billions of dollars. We’re not just talking about a little money; We are talking about billions of dollars. And I think we’ll get a lot done.

And I can’t tell you the last time I was excited about something we’re about to do, because I think we can change — literally start to change the nature of how the industry — excuse me — generates energy. The industry is advancing.

And by the way, I’m not – I’m going a lot. (Laughter) Because I’m a little bit — I’m a little excited about it.

Question: Mr. President, were you disappointed with the arms decision?

THE PRESIDENT: Am I disappointed in – well, I’ll answer that question. And I was just talking to the governor of New York about it.

I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision on the gun. There is little consolation. F- The minority that forms the opinion of the majority said that it does not affect every country. It affects only 40 countries. Many conditions affect it.

The phrase I found was notable: There is a difference between states that say “may” and say “must”. If you have to say you ‘should’ give, and ‘should’ do ABC, it’s the ones who will have problems. But most of them say “maybe”. I mean, ‘may’ – I reversed it – ‘may’ and ‘shall’.

And so there are — gun laws in 40 of these states still apply based on the decision. Not good enough, but – I think it’s a bad decision. I think it is — and I think it’s not strictly logical. But I am disappointed.

Thank you.

3:33 PM EST

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