During the first day of his trip to the West, President Joe Biden discussed how wildfires are starting earlier every year – noting that this year 5.4 million acres have burned. “That’s larger than the entire state of New Jersey,” he said.
According to the Associated Press, Biden issued his plea about climate change during a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, which coordinates the government’s wildfire response.
“The reality is we have a global warming problem, a serious global warming problem, and it’s consequential, and what’s going to happen is, things are not going to go back,” he said.
The president also had stops in California and Denver through Sept. 14, in which he is expected to further link the increasing wildfires and other extreme weather events to the need to invest billions in combating climate change and expand the nation’s social safety net.