“Natural disasters cost America $99 billion last year. This year, a record will be broken, it will be over $100 billion,” he said, speaking in Colorado with a speech on his proposed program for modernizing American infrastructure and other efforts of the administration, designed, among other things, to counter climate change, as well as to increase readiness for similar natural disasters in the future. The White House press service provides the transcript of the president’s speech.
“Yesterday, I saw with my own eyes the devastating consequences of the Kaldor forest fire in California. Over the past two weeks, I have also visited Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey to look at the damage from Hurricane Ida. The natural disasters we are seeing will occur even more often and will rage even more.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been 44 thousand forest fires across the country, as a result of which 5.6 million acres [more than 2.2 million hectares] have been burned. This caused billions of dollars in damage and led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people,” Biden continued.
According to the president, the reason for this was climate change. “What causes climate change? Human activities. We must invest in being more resilient to the effects of climate change. “We also need to make investments that will slow down our contribution to climate change today, not tomorrow,” he added.