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Biden pushes climate spending as U.S. braces for wildfire disaster

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By Jarrett Renshaw and Steve Holland (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the United States was behind in preparing for what could be a record number of forest fires this year because of drought and high temperatures and pledged to pay federal firefighters more. Biden held a virtual meeting with governors of western states in an event designed to show the White House treating wildfires – which have grown by at least 100 incidents each year since 2015 – as no less a national emergency than hurricanes. “The truth is we’re playing catch up. This is an area that has been unde…

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