Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday said that the United States must “reduce population” to combat climate change. In a White House transcript of her speech later, the word “population” was crossed out and the word “pollution” was inserted, to show what she the vice president was supposed to say.
Harris was speaking at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland on the topic of a clean energy economy. After several minutes of accolades for officials in the room, she launched into the topic.
“When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce population, more of our children can breathe clean air and drink clean water,” Harris said. The audience applauded.
The official White House transcript says, “When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce
population [pollution], more of our children can breathe clean air and drink clean water. (Applause.)”
Harris also blamed weather events on climate change, including wildfires in Canada, which are believed to have been started by lightning in one case, and possibly arson in another. Canada has its own methods for handling wildfires.
According to Harris, the fact that climate change leads the news cycle is proof enough:
“So, every day, all across our nation, we feel and see the impact of the climate crisis. I mean, if you watch the morning news, it will be the lead story. It’s been every day for the last couple of weeks. It is the lead story. I think we finally, at least in our progress, come to the point that most people can no longer deny it because it is so obvious,” Harris said.
“And we have seen, around our country, where communities have been choked by drought, have been washed out by floods, and decimated by hurricanes. Here in Baltimore, you have seen your skies darkened by wildfire smoke. And you have seen the waters of the Chesapeake Bay rise, threatening homes and businesses that have stood for generations,” she expounded.
Read the complete White House transcript of her speech here.