MATHER, Calif. – President Joe Biden used his first western swing since taking office on Monday as an argument for his $3.5 trillion reconstruction plans to stop wildfires burning across the region, Year-round fires and other extreme weather are called climate change reality. The nation can no longer ignore.
“Even some of my less-confident friends are suddenly making an altar call,” Biden said of those who have sought to downplay the risks posed by climate change. “They are looking at the Lord.”
With stops in Idaho and California, Biden sought to increase support for his larger reconstruction plans, saying every dollar spent on “resilience” would save $6 in future costs. And he said reconstruction should go beyond simply restoring damaged systems and instead ensure that communities can withstand disastrous weather that does not strike based on partisan ideology.
“It’s not a Democrat thing. It’s not a Republican thing. It’s a weather thing,” he said in Boise, Idaho. “It’s a reality. It’s serious and we can do it.”
The president’s two-day western swing comes at a turning point for the central issue of his legislative agenda. Capitol Hill legislators are working to gather more plan details from the infrastructure — and to figure out how to pay for it, it’s not only a concern for Republicans. A prominent Democratic senator said on Sunday he would not vote for such a large package.
In California, Biden took an aerial tour of the damage from the Caldor Fire after receiving a briefing from officials at the State Emergency Services Office. Governor Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall vote on Tuesday, joined Biden for the briefing.
As he extended Biden’s message, Newsom said the emergency center had become his office as the fire season “just went on.”
“It’s been a tough year and a half,” Newsom said.
During an earlier briefing in Boise at the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates the government’s wildfire response, Biden said wildfires start earlier each year and that this year, they scorched 5.4 million acres Is. “It’s bigger than the entire state of New Jersey,” Biden said.
“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 not going to go back,” he said.
Biden, who visited Denver on Tuesday before returning to Washington, aims to address the increasing frequency of wildfires, droughts, floods and other extreme weather events with the need for billions of investments to tackle climate change, according to him and scientists. To be linked in a comprehensive manner. The country’s social safety net.
The president argued for spending now to make the future effects of climate change less expensive, as he did during recent outages in Louisiana, New York and New Jersey – all states that lost millions of dollars in flooding and Other damage and many deaths occurred after Hurricane Ida.
Biden also praised firefighters for the life-threatening risks they pose and the administration for boosting fire supplies from the U.S. Forest Service’s primary supplier, an Oklahoma City nonprofit called Newview Oklahoma. By recently discussed the use of a wartime law.
In dark-red Idaho, many opposing groups took 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 did so, gathering in Boise before 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 for 100 million people, which Biden announced last week. “He’s acting like a dictator,” Burns said.
The White House is trying to turn the corner after a rough month of a chaotic and violent US withdrawal from Afghanistan and a rising delta COVID-19 version that the president hoped will mark a summer in which the nation was finally free. from coronavirus.
Biden, while acknowledging that his polling numbers have declined in recent weeks, argued that his agenda is “highly popular” with the public. He said he expected his Republican opponents to attack him instead of debating the merits of his spending plan.
In addition to the Republican opposition in Congress, Biden needs to clear the doubts of two leading centrist Democrats in the closely divided Senate. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinemas of Arizona have expressed concern about the size of the $3.5 trillion spending package.
“I can’t support $3.5 trillion,” Manchin said on Sunday, citing specifically his opposition to a proposed increase in the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and the huge new social spending envisioned by the president. Munchkin also complained about a process he said was feeling rushed.
The 100-member Senate is divided equally between Democrats and Republicans. Given the GOP’s solid opposition, Biden’s plan would fail to approve the Senate without Munchkin and cinema’s backing.
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.
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. He issued another disaster declaration for the state just ahead of Monday’s visit aimed at areas affected by the Caldor fire.