President Joe Biden stayed in Sacramento as part of his visit to the west to resolve California wildfires, Governor Gavin Newson’s election for dismissal and promotion of his 3.5 trillion dollar reconstruction plan.
On Monday, a small group of protesters lined up a section of the fence at Mather Airport with Trump flags, MAGA clothing and slogans calling for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom.
However, President Biden has hardly focused on the removal of the election, but emphasized the dangers of climate change and the need to find solutions to help California deal with the annual wildfire disasters.
When introducing the president, Newsom acknowledged that California and the Biden administration are aligned in the fight against climate change and their negative impact on the country.
“California’s leadership is obvious. In the past four years, its leadership has been challenged, but these tailwinds are now a tailwind for the Biden administration,” Newsom emphasized. “We are not an aspiring partner, we are a partner because it is related to climate change issues and the challenge of responding to wildfires.”
He pointed out that California, like other parts of the United States, is dealing with unprecedented extreme weather, and pointed out that this was the hottest summer in history that California experienced between June and August.
“The heat becomes hotter and hotter, and the dryness becomes drier.”
Biden-after taking an aerial tour of the land burned by the Kaldor fire and listening to a briefing by officials of the California Office of Emergency Services-almost devoted his entire speech to the issue of wildfires and how climate change can make them worse.
Biden said: “Everyone in Northern California knows when they can’t go out in the year. The air will be full of smoke and the sky will turn into an apocalyptic orange.” “So far, there have been more than 44,000 games across the country. Wildfires have burned nearly 5.3 million acres of land-about the size of New Jersey.”
He pointed out that more than 2.2 million acres of land were burned in California alone, on the grounds that the Dixie Fire had a huge impact on Northern California-now the second largest wildfire in the state’s history.
“These fires are flashing red codes for our country. They are becoming more frequent and fierce, and we know what we should do,” he said. “Scientists have warned us for years [that] Extreme weather will become more extreme. We are now living in real time. “
Biden said that extreme weather last year caused US$99 billion in losses to the United States, and this year’s losses may break this record.
“This is a devastating loss for our economy and many communities.”
He drew attention to his government’s work to help extinguish fires, including the approval of 33 FEMA fire management assistance grants to help pay for the defense production law used to solve the shortage of fire hoses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Cost and funding. .
He also pointed out that the Department of Defense has begun to help fight wildfires by providing aircraft, satellites and personnel. However, he believes that the most helpful thing is the approval of his 3.5 trillion dollar reconstruction plan, which will improve wildfire preparedness, recovery capabilities, etc.
He emphasized: “This bipartisan bill includes an increase in wildfire recovery capacity of more than 8 billion U.S. dollars.” “When the next fire does not spread so widely, we can save up to $6 for every dollar invested in resilience. And these investments can also save lives.”
He resolved his concerns about the cost of the plan, but tried to put the figure in perspective by saying that it would take more than 10 years.
“It has been in use for more than 10 years, and by then our economy is expected to grow to 366 trillion US dollars of GDP. In terms of deficit, this is less than 1.5%,” Biden said. “We must look at the big picture. Thinking small is the recipe for disaster. We want to accomplish this, this country must unite, and we must overcome this climate change.”