US President Joe Biden pointed to the effects of climate change this morning, noting that millions of Americans are exposed to the effects of smoke from wildfires in Canada.
Noting that the USA has deployed more than 600 firefighters and support personnel, as well as firefighting units since May, Biden said that he met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday and offered additional assistance.
Biden said he had instructed relevant agencies to immediately respond to Canada’s request for additional firefighters and firefighting equipment, such as an air tanker.
Biden said that he asked the Minister of Transport, Pete Buttigieg, to inform him about the progress in managing the effects of deteriorating air quality on air traffic, and noted that the Environmental Protection Agency also monitors air quality.
Biden announced to citizens that they will have access to current air quality and updated public health guidance where they live at “AirNow.gov”.
Reminding that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made recommendations to protect from the effects of the smoke of fires at “CDC.gov”, Biden said to citizens, “Stay safe and follow the directions of your local authorities.” made the warning.