Former Vice President Joe Biden began a nearly 25-minute speech at a fundraiser Friday night in Hancock Park for his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination by discussing climate change and his plan to combat it.
Biden drew cheers and applause for mentioning that the U.S. would rejoin the Paris Climate Accord if he is elected.
Biden called climate change the "single existential threat to humanity."
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"Without U.S. leadership there is no leadership to get this done," Biden said.
When President Donald Trump announced on June 1, 2017 that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord he said it would "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers" and "see if we can make a deal that's fair."
"If we can, that's great and if we can't, that's fine," Trump said.
Biden mentioned parts of his plan to combat climate change, including committing to reforestation, new aggressive appliance and building standards and building 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles.
The fundraiser at the home of media executive Howard Owens and his wife Marnie was attended by about 160 people.
The fundraiser was Biden's third in two days. He spoke at fundraisers in Hancock Park and Brentwood on Thursday, sandwiched around an appearance at "Power of Our Pride" forum in downtown Los Angeles on issues concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities.