Biden giving states more than $3 billion for climate resilience

by Reuters
Thursday, 5 August 2021 17:37 GMT

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures as he meets with governors virtually to discuss efforts to strengthen wildfire prevention, preparedness and response efforts, at the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the funding would allow states to 'safeguard our communities for the future'

WASHINGTON, Aug 5(Reuters) - The Biden administration is committing more than $3 billion in new funding for local governments to increase their resilience to climate change, the White House said on Thursday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the funding would allow states to "safeguard our communities for the future" and "reduce the impacts of climate change" as people grapple with prolonged droughts, wildfires, extreme heat, lost power and hurricanes due to the effects of climate change.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Trevor Hunnicutt; editing by Jonathan Oatis)