Hurricanes and fires: The climate crisis cost the United States nearly $ 100 billion in 2020. US President Joe Biden painted a bleak picture for the next few years and encouraged investment.
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Extreme weather events caused record costs of 99 billion dollars (almost 84 billion euros) in the USA last year, according to US President Joe Biden. “Unfortunately we will break that record this year,” said Biden on Monday during a visit to Sacramento, California. “Scientists have been warning us for years that extreme weather will become even more extreme. We are now experiencing it in real time.” Biden had previously examined the devastating damage caused by the so-called Caldor fire on Lake Tahoe, California, from the air.
Biden again called for support for his plans to invest billions in infrastructure expansion so that the United States would be better prepared for climate change. “We have to think big,” said the president. Everything else is a “recipe for disaster”. This year, fires in the USA devastated an area of around 2.14 million hectares – a little more than the area of Hesse. Well over a third of the burned area was in California. Biden said the fires were increasing in frequency and severity, signaling “red alert for our nation”.
Before his visit to California, Biden was in the southern US state of Louisiana two weeks ago, where Hurricane “Ida” wreaked havoc. Catastrophic flooding occurred in the northeastern United States as a result of the hurricane. Biden also paid a visit to this disaster area. He has made the fight against global warming one of his most important goals. Biden said Monday, “We will do it. This nation will come together and we will defeat climate change.”