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- The Biden administration plans to spend $1 billion on the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, focused on disadvantaged areas.
- The announcement follows a record year of extreme weather events and damages.
- Biden is visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a briefing on hurricane preparedness for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.
After a record year of extreme weather events, President Biden will double the amount of money from the federal government going toward preparing for more of them, reported The Washington Post.
“That’s really going to make this climate issue real and relevant to people,” White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy told The Washington Post. “We just have to prepare for this, and the president is a realist. This is the world we’re living in.”
Last week, Biden signed an executive order on "Climate-Related Financial Risk," which focused on the costs of climate change on the country's economy as well as Americans' life savings and pensions. Last year, 22 weather and climate disasters broke the previous record of 16 such events that each cost $10 billion or more, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Biden is scheduled to visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive a briefing on hurricane preparedness for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.
“This meeting is not just sitting around talking about policies. It’s all about listening to what science tells us, and how we can be prepared for those real-world impacts,” McCarthy told the Post. “It’s telling people what they need to hear about what’s happening in their world, but also responding with a robust whole-of-government approach.”
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