Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the importance of concerted government efforts to fight global warming during a swing through Southern California on Wednesday, championing investment in solar power and other renewable energy sources as a path to economic revival.
Biden’s remarks, made at a solar-industry conference in Anaheim and a climate-change summit in Los Angeles, put a focus on what he said were the White House’s progressive environmental policies even as the Republican presidential field gathered in nearby Simi Valley for their second televised debate.
Biden didn’t miss the opportunity to take a swipe at the GOP candidates assembled 50 miles away at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, saying that some of them – like other Republicans in Congress – continue to deny the reality of climate change.
“These people have denied global warming. And they’re the same folks, I suspect, that have denied gravity,” Biden joked at the evening conference of Chinese and American political leaders in downtown L.A.
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In an effort to help prevent potential travel delays during Biden's visit, the Los Angeles Police Department has warned motorists to avoid the following areas at the aforementioned times:
-The area around Pershing Drive between Imperial Highway and Manchester Avenue from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
-The area around Imperial Highway between Vista Del Mar and Sepulveda Boulevard from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
-The area around Santa Monica Boulevard between Sawtelle Boulevard and Rodeo Drive from 1 p.m. to 3p.m.
-The area around Wilshire Boulevard between Carmelita Avenue and Beverly Drive from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
-The area around Rodeo Drive between Wilshire Boulevard and Virginia Place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m.
-The area around Olympic Boulevard between Camden Drive and Albany Street from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m.
-The area around 11th Street between Union Avenue and Georgia Street from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
-The area around Olympic Boulevard between Georgia Street and Saint Andrews Place from 6:30p.m. to 8 p.m.
-The area around Western Avenue between 11th Street and 5th Street from 6:30p.m.-8 p.m.
-The area around Sixth Street between Oxford Avenue and Lorraine Boulevard from 6:30p.m. to 8 p.m.
-The area around Crenshaw Boulevard between Wilshire Boulevard and Country Club Drive from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
-The area around Olympic Boulevard between Bronson Avenue and Camden Drive from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In addition, a hard street closure will occur at the following locations:
-Sixth Street between Bronson Avenue and Lorraine Boulevard from approximately 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
-Irving Boulevard between Figth Street and Wilshire Boulevard from approximately 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
-The area around Santa Monica Boulevard between Rodeo Drive and Sawtelle Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
-The area around Imperial Highway between Sepulveda Boulevard and Vista Del Mar from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
-The area around Pershing Drive between Imperial Highway and Manchester Avenue from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
During his visit, Biden was scheduled to deliver remarks at the closing session of the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, which is scheduled to take place at the JW Marriott located at L.A. Live., according to a news release from the White House Press Office.
Earlier in the day, Biden spoke at a solar power conference in Anaheim.