"Today I'm heading to Lake Mead in Nevada to discuss the climate crisis–and why we must make historic investments to not only create jobs but preserve our planet for generations to come," the tweet stated.
The text was accompanied by a video of the vice president making her way to board an aircraft.
On Monday, Vice President Harris stood before the record-low water levels of Nevada's Lake Mead and made a case for the Biden administration's climate change agenda by warning that "this is where we're headed."
"Look at where the water has receded over just the last 20 years," she said, referring to the "bathtub ring" of minerals that marks where the reservoir's waterline previously stood. "That space is larger than the height of the Statue of Liberty."
The vice president pitched the administration's infrastructure and social safety net agenda as critical to tackling the effects of climate change — which scientists explain intensifies extreme weather events such as heatwaves and droughts.
Democrats have struggled to bolster any support for the plan from some members of their party, who want to winnow down its $3.5 trillion price tag.
Harris made a case for the package by connecting human-caused climate change to the scene she stood near, saying emissions are "part of what is contributing to these drought conditions."
“The bipartisan infrastructure deal — combined with the 'Build Back Better' agenda is about what we need to do to invest in things like water recycling and reuse, what we can do in terms of water desalination, what we can do in terms of implementation of drought contingency plans," Harris said.”
Water levels at Lake Mead, created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River, have plummeted to record lows. Federal officials in August declared the first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River, which means Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico will receive less water than normal next year amid a gripping Western drought.
Harris also spoke about the Biden administration's proposed civilian Climate Corps, which it has said would create hundreds of thousands of jobs building trails, restoring streams, and helping stop devastating wildfires.
The vice president's visit to Nevada coincided with the administration launching a plan long-awaited by environmentalists and public health groups to regulate toxic industrial compounds. Sometimes called "forever chemicals," the substances known as PFAS are used in cookware, carpets, firefighting foams and other products and have been found in public drinking water systems, private wells, and even food.