BOISE, IDAHO — President Joe Biden pointed to wildfires across the West to argue for his $3.5 trillion spending plan, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather the reality of climate change that the nation now faces. cannot ignore.
Biden visits the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates the government’s response to the wildfires, during a briefing in Boise, Idaho, on Monday.
He said lakhs of acres of land have been burnt in many western states this year.
“The reality is that we have a global warming problem, a serious global warming problem, and it is consequential and what is going to happen is, things are not going to go back,” Biden said.
In his two-day visit, which includes a stop in Colorado on Tuesday, Biden is looking to connect the dots for Americans amid the increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires in the West – and other extreme weather events across the country – and One needs to invest billions in combating climate change as well as broadening the social safety net.
The president argued for spending today to mitigate the future effects of climate change, as he did during recent halts in Louisiana, New York and New Jersey – all states with millions of dollars in flood damage And there were many deaths after Hurricane Ida.
In Idaho, Biden said every dollar invested in resilience would save $6 down the road.
They discussed the administration’s use of a wartime law in early August to boost the supply of firehose from the US Forest Service’s primary supplier.
“My message to you is, when we build back, we have to build better,” Biden said. “It’s not a Democrat thing. It’s not a Republican thing. It’s a weather thing. It’s a reality. It’s serious and we can do it.”
Administration’s use of the Defense Production Act helped an Oklahoma City nonprofit called Newview Oklahoma, which provides the bulk of the US Forest Service’s hoses, obtain the supplies needed to produce and ship 415 miles of firehose. .
Biden is on his first visit to the West as president. He flew first to Boise, and then planned to stop in Sacramento, Calif., to survey the damage caused by the wildfires and comment on the federal response.
He will conclude the day in Long Beach for an election eve event with California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who will face a recall vote on Tuesday,
Biden’s trip west is primarily aimed at garnering support for his massive $3.5 trillion spending plan, linked to extinguishing wildfires and upgrading social programs.
In dark-red Idaho, several opposing groups were taking advantage of Biden’s visit as a way of showing resistance to his administration. GOP gubernatorial candidates, an anti-vaccine organization and a far-right group were among those urging people to turn against the president.
More than 1,000 protesters gathered in Boise on Monday ahead of Biden’s arrival to express outrage over his coronavirus plan, the election and other issues.
“I’m against everything for Biden,” said Chris Burns, 62, of Boise. Burns was particularly unhappy with a broad new vaccine mandate, which Biden announced last week. “He’s acting like a dictator,” Burns said.
Biden’s eleventh-hour election pitch in California comes a day before voters are voting to decide whether to recall Newsom and then replace him with Republican talk-show host Larry Elder, who is known as the leading GOP substitute. Seen as, or with any of the dozens. on the ballot papers of other candidates.
The White House is trying to turn the corner after a rough month of a chaotic and violent withdrawal from Afghanistan and a rising delta COVID-19 version that the president hoped will mark a summer in which the nation will finally was freed. coronavirus.
Climate provisions in Biden’s plans include tax incentives for clean energy and electric vehicles, investments to shift the economy away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources such as wind and solar power, and the creation of a civilian climate corps.
The president is scheduled to visit Denver on Tuesday to continue his economic agenda.
The pause in Idaho, a state it lost by more than 30 percentage points last year, offered Biden a deep-red background to argue that investing in tackling the climate crisis should be a priority across party lines. needed. Idaho and California have turned wildfire season into a year-long crisis.
In June the Biden administration laid out a strategy to tackle the growing wildfire threat, including hiring more federal firefighters and implementing new techniques to detect and deal with fires quickly. Last month, the president approved a disaster declaration for California, providing federal aid for counties affected by the Dixie and River fires. Just before Monday’s visit he issued another disaster declaration for the state, this time aimed at the areas affected by the Caldor fire.