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european commission president announced a new task force aimed at reducing europe's independence -- europe's dependence on russian energy. happening earlier today, this is just short of 15 minutes. -- to coerce and manipulate its neighbors, using profits to
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drive his war machine. that's why earlier this month i announced the u.s. would man all imports of russian energy to make it clear the american people would not be part of subsidizing his brutal, unjustified war. at the time, i noted that we were able to take this step when others could not because the u.s. is a net exporter of energy with a strong domestic energy, and the u.s. welcomed the european union's powerful statement this month committing to rapidly reducing its dependence on russian gas. today, we have agreed on a joint game plan toward that goal while accelerating our progress toward a secure future. this initiative on helping europe reduce its dependency on russian gas as quickly as possible and producing.
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we will work to provide an additional 15 billion cubic meters of natural gas for europe this year. and as the eu works to discontinue buying russian gas before 2030, it will also work to ensure conditional eu market demand -- ensure additional eu market demand from the u.s. by 2030. the will work with member states to store gas across the continent, build more infrastructure, and take steps to increase the efficiency of the gas. this is built out and away -- out in a way that is consistent and not in conflict with the net zero climate goal we are shooting for. it will take time to adjust gas
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supply chains and infrastructure , so we will have to make sure families in europe can get through this winter and the next while we are building the infrastructure for a clean energy future. this crisis also presents an opportunity, a catalyst that will drive the investments we need to double down on our clean energy goals and accelerate progress toward our net zero emissions future. that's what the second part of this initiative is about. the u.s. and eu will work together to take concrete measures to reduce dependence on natural gas, period, and maximize the availability and use of renewable energy. we will accelerate widespread adoption of energy efficient and equipment like smart thermostats that work to -- and
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work to electrify heating systems across europe. we will invest in innovative solutions and technologies to make the switch from fossil fuels and together advance the use of clean, renewable hydrogen to reduce carbon emissions. these steps will increase energy security, economic security and national security. we are going to stand up a joint task force to implement these changes and drive progress that will be cochaired by representatives from the white house and the president of the european union's team -- the commission's team. madam president, i know that eliminating russian gas will have costs for europe, but it is not only the right thing to do from a moral standpoint. it is also going to put us on a much stronger strategic footing. we've also made another back through -- another breakthrough
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in data flows. data privacy is key to my digital agenda and we have agreed to unprecedented productions for data privacy and security for our citizens. this new in range meant -- this new arrangement will enhance the privacy shield framework, promote growth in europe and the u.s., and help companies both small and large compete in a digital economy, just as we did when we resolved the boeing-airbus dispute and lift steel and aluminum tariffs. the u.s. and eu are finding creative approaches to net our economies and people closer together grounded on shares about -- granted on shared values. this underscores our shared commitment to data privacy, protection and the rule of law. it will allow the european commission to authorize data flows that help facilitate 7.1 trillion dollars in economic
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relations for the eu. thank you again, madam president, for your friendship, partnership and leadership. all this is bringing the eu and u.s. even closer together, and that is a win for us, so i thank you all and i will now yield the podium to the president. i am earning my salary here. there you go. thank you. cmm'r: von der leyen: thank you. mr. president, joe, your presence here in brussels this week at the nato summit, at the g7 and our european council, sends a powerful message to the world. the transatlantic partnership stands stronger and more united
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than ever, and we are determined to stand up against russia's brutal war. this war will be a strategic failure for prudent. --for putin. the sanctions are now working their way deep into the russian system, draining his resources to finance this atrocious war. our work on sanctions also shows that, when we act together, we are stronger and we really can make a difference, and we continue to reinforce our cooperation in many strategic ways, on humanitarian and security assistance to ukraine, on energy, un-fighting threats against our democracies, on solving outstanding issues in the eu-u.s. cooperation, including in data protection and
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privacy. in a world faced with disorder, our transatlantic unity upholds fundamental values and rules that our citizens believe in. let me focus first on refugees. until now, around 3.5 million people have left ukraine, half of them children. every second refugee is a child. the numbers will keep rising, so together, we are amassing massive resources to help support those displaced by the conflict, be it in ukraine or neighboring countries. just this week, for example, i announced the eu would allocate an additional 3.4 billion euros for this purpose and more would be coming. i want to tell the american people how grateful europe is
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for their unwavering support. this support also extends to strengthening europe's energy security and independence from russian fossil fuels. as you know, we aim to reduce this dependency on russian fossil fuels and get rid of it, and this can only be achieved through, of course, first of all, investment in renewables, but also through additional gas supplies, including lng deliveries, so we want as europeans to diversify away from russia towards suppliers that we trust, that are our friends and are reliable. and therefore, the u.s. commitment to provide the european union with additional, at least 15 billion cubic meters, five lng this year -- of lng this year, is a big step, because this will replace the lng supply we currently receive
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from russia, and looking ahead, the united states and europe will ensure stable supply for an additional at least 50 billion cubic meters of u.s. lng until 2030, and if we look at that, this amount, 50 billion cubic meters per year, is replacing one third already of the russian gas going to europe today, so we are right on track now to diversify away from russian gas and towards our friends and partners, reliable and trustworthy suppliers. we need to secure our supplies not just for next winter but also for the years ahead, and this is an important and big starting point to do that. our partnership aims to sustain us through this war, to work on our independence from russian fossil fuels, but it also
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focuses on building a greener future with climate neutrality. we will work together, and the good news is the infrastructure we use for gas today can be used for clean hydrogen in the future, so this investment we are doing right now is also an investment in the decarbonizing of our economy. this cooperation shows the power of our democracies. i welcome that we will step up our actions on strengthening democracy, the rule of law, the freedom of media in the world, and we also need to continue adapting our own democracies to a changing world. this is particularly true when it comes to digitalization, in which the protection of personal data and privacy has become so
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crucial. therefore i'm very pleased that we have found an agreement in principle on a new framework for transatlantic data flows. this will enable predictable and trustworthy data flows between the eu and u.s., safeguarding privacy and civil liberties, and i really want to thank commissioner reinhardt and secretary raimondo for their efforts this past month to finish a balanced and effective solution. this is another step in strengthening our partnership. we have managed to balance security and the right to privacy and data protection. mr. president, putin is trying to turn back the clock to another era, an era of the brutal use of force, of power politics, internal repression.
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i am confident he will fail. we are working together to forge a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future, and i know we will succeed. thank you very much. pres. biden: thank you. mr. president -- reporter: mr. president, are you any closer to banning russian imports? >> c-span has unfiltered coverage of the u.s. response to russia's invasion of ukraine, bringing the latest from the president and other white house officials, the pentagon, the state department and congress. we have international perspectives from the united nations and statements from foreign leaders all on the
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