Vice President Kamala Harris is coming under fire for remarks she made this week about population reduction being a way to help ensure that future generations will have access to clean air and water.
During a speech at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, Harris discussed the designation of $20 billion toward green energy projects.
“When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce population, more of our children can breath clean air and drink clean water,” Harris said in her speech.
This prompted criticism from people like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie.
“Reducing population is [nuts],” Musk tweeted. “We need to increase population.”
Massie followed up with a pointed question: “Are you the population she wants to reduce?”
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene also took to social media to ask what methods Harris was suggesting to reduce population in order to help with public health.
“Reducing population has always been a goal of climate alarmists,” political commentator Stephen Miller said. “It was the premise of John Holdren’s book Ecoscience, and Obama made him climate czar.”
Holdren was senior advisor to President Obama on science and technology from 2009-2017.
The White House transcript of Harris’ speech was later edited to take out the word “population” and replace it with “pollution.”
Harris’ speech at Coppin State University highlighted the Biden administration’s commitment to green energy. Of the $20 billion discussed, $14 billion will go toward “tens of thousands of clean energy technology projects.” The other $6 billion will be used in green energy efforts in low-income neighborhoods, according to the Baltimore Banner.
The money was designated through a bill touted as President Joe Biden’s package to fight inflation but was criticized by many for only adding to it due to the amount of spending included.
Harris emphasized the importance of taking action immediately, saying “It is clear that the clock is not only ticking, it is banging and we must act.”
The remarks this week, however, have raised questions about the Biden administration’s agenda in tackling climate change. Critics like Musk, Massie, Greene, and Miller want more clarification on just how the vice president plans to reduce population. It will remain to be seen what, if anything, the administration has planned in this regard.
VP HARRIS: "When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce population, more of our children can breath clean air and drink clean water." pic.twitter.com/yhZzDmkeAM
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 14, 2023