WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times local):
Joe Biden says wildfires and hurricanes will become “more devastating” if President Donald Trump wins a second term because he isn't acting to address the climate crisis.
Speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday, Biden said Trump's “climate denial may not have caused these fires and hurricanes.” But he says Trump's response had exacerbated it.
In his speech, the Democratic presidential nominee sought to emphasize that the effects of climate change have wide-reaching consequences. He pointed not just to wildfires in the West and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, but also to droughts affecting farmers in the Midwest and even climate-related threats to U.S. military installations around the world.
Biden says, "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.”
Trump was in California on Monday meeting with fire officials after deadly fires along the West Coast. He has repeatedly discounted the impact of climate change, walked away from a major international climate agreement and proudly rolled back environmental regulations.
Joe Biden has voted in Delaware's primary, casting a ballot by appointment a day before the polls formally open.
The Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Jill, voted Monday morning at the New Castle Board of Elections. She wore boots with “VOTE” stenciled on each one.
Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech on climate change exacerbating the wildfires raging in California and other states later in the day from Wilmington, Delaware, where the couple lives.
Monday evening, the former vice president will address via internet the Poor People’s Campaign virtual event “Voting is Power Unleashed.”