MATHER, Calif .– President Joe Biden said on Monday that the western wildfires were “flashing code red for our nation” during a visit to California, lamenting the role of climate change in exacerbating disasters.
Biden’s remarks contrast with those of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who visited the Sacramento area a year earlier and denied the scientific consensus on the role of humans in global warming. “It’s going to start to get cooler. You just have to watch,” Trump told officials. “I don’t think science knows that, actually.”
Biden, on the other hand, lamented how “Everyone in Northern California knows the time of year when you can’t go out, the air will be filled with smoke and the sky will spin. [an] apocalyptic shade of orange. He cited his decisions to raise the minimum wage for federal firefighters and deploy resources to fight catastrophic fires while plugging in his $ 3.5 trillion infrastructure package that would fund climate resilience and energy. own.
“We cannot ignore the reality that these wildfires are being supercharged by climate change,” Biden said at Mather Airport near Sacramento just after taking an aerial tour of the fire damage in the region. Lake Tahoe. “It’s not about red or blue states. It’s about fire – just fire.”
Biden, who also visited the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho on Monday, was also asked about a recent media report that California Governor Gavin Newsom misled the public about fire prevention efforts in forest of his administration. The president rallies on behalf of the governor in Long Beach on Monday night on the eve of Newsom’s recall election.
“He didn’t,” Biden turned to say just out of earshot as he stepped out of a hanger with the governor.
Newsom introduced the president and heads of state and federal agencies were in attendance. “California’s leadership has been called into question over the past four years,” the governor said. “But those headwinds are now tailwinds with the Biden administration. We are not training partners, we are working partners on climate change issues and wildfire challenges.”