Biden slams Trump on wildfires, climate change

Joe Biden focused his battle against President Donald Trump on wildfires and extreme weather, saying they underscore an urgent need to address climate change. (Sept. 14)

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JOE BIDEN: With every bout with nature's fury, caused by our own inaction on climate change, more and more Americans see and feel the devastation. Whether they are in a big city, small towns, on coastlines, or in farmlands, it's happening everywhere, and it's happening now.

Hurricanes don't swerve to avoid red states or blue states. Wildfires don't skip towns that voted a certain way. The impacts of climate change don't pick and choose. That's because it's not a partisan phenomenon, it's science.

And our response should be the same, grounded in science. Wildfires are burning the suburbs in the West. Floods are wiping out suburban neighborhoods in the Midwest. Hurricanes are imperiling suburban life along our coast.

If we have four more years of Trump's climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned in wildfires? How many suburban neighborhoods will have been flooded out? How many suburbs will have been blown away in super storms? If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze?

While he turns against our allies, I'll bring us back into the Paris Agreement. I'll put us back in the business of leading the world on climate change. And I'll challenge every other country to up the ante on climate commitments.