Biden giving states more than $3 billion for climate resilience

A firefighter monitors flames which were threatening homes by the River Fire, a wildfire near the Placer County town of Grass Valley, California, U.S., August 4, 2021. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

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

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