Disasters & Accidents

US President Biden links Colorado fires to climate crisis

Washington, Jan 7 (EFE) .- United States President Joe Biden linked Friday the fires that at the beginning of 2022 caused the death of at least one person and consumed more than 1,000 houses in the state of Colorado with climate change.

Biden visited the Louisville community Friday accompanied by first lady Jill and met with some of the more than 35,000 people who were forced from their homes by the flames.

The fires devastated communities between Denver and Boulder, causing $ 513 million in damage. In addition to one fatality, at least one other person is missing.

In Louisville, Biden said the fires have been “as devastating” as many of the environmental crises that the country suffered in 2021 and that they have cost $ 99,000 million.

“We cannot deny the reality that these fires are being superpowered by the change in climate,” Biden said.

Last year, Biden traveled across the country several times to visit locations affected by extreme weather events, such as the ice storms in Texas, the fires in California or floods in New York and New Jersey.

“The situation for our country is code red,” Biden said. Indeed, the presidential entourage was received in Louisville by a small group of environmental activists who demonstrated with a sign that read “Code Red.”

The president, who said fires are the most shocking natural disasters for him, added that last year fires in the United States consumed an area equivalent to the entire state of New Jersey.

After visiting Colorado, the Bidens are scheduled to attend the Saturday funeral of former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who died last week of cancer at 82, in Las Vegas. EFE


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