Biden: We Can’t Ignore Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Wildfires

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President Joe Biden is sounding the alarm about the need for more resources to fight a series of wildfires in Western states, as climate change has worsened the spread and ferocity of the blazes.

“Our resources are already been stretched to keep up,” Biden told a group of governors at a virtual meeting Friday. “We need more help.”

The president opened the meeting with a nod to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who sought the Democratic nomination for president against Biden by stressing the threats from climate change. The mix of intense heat, droughts and other events tied to rising average temperatures has turned the fires into a national challenge as the smoke is worsening air quality as far away as New York City.

“Jay, you’re beginning to convince the American people there is a thing called climate crisis,” the president said at the start of his remarks, before reeling through a series of troubling numbers.

The Washington governor took the opportunity at the second gathering of western governors with the president to discuss the shortage of supplies to combat and contain the fires. But he said his biggest worry is that Biden’s agenda to reduce carbon emissions and limit climate change not clear Congress through the party-line budget process known as reconciliation.

“That’s going to ultimately decide whether these forests survive in the next century,” Inslee said.

Other governors attending the virtual meeting included: Oregon’s Kate Brown, Montana’s Greg Gianforte, Wyoming’s Mark Gordon, Idaho’s Brad Little, California’s Gavin Newsom of California and Minnesota’s Tim Walz.

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