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Biden and Congress are so close to a grand plan for climate action and economic recovery

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As the West burns, we need the Biden agenda to shore up our infrastructure, make our economy more competitive and make our society more equitable.

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What now makes up the American West hasn’t been this dry in at least four centuries. The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, which supplies water to 25 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada, is two-thirds empty, its lowest level ever.

From the Columbia River to the San Joaquin Delta, hundreds of thousands of salmon are dying in water too warm to support them.

With firefighters battling nearly 85 major blazes , wildfires have already torched enough land this year to cover the state of Delaware , with months left to go in the wildfire season.

Faced with withering pasture and rising prices for feed, cattle ranchers are culling their herds , while farmers of everything from cherries to wheat are watching crops wilt or letting fields go fallow – and paying a steep price in mental health . Negotiations too important to fail “I can see my future,” third-generation California fruit grower David Mas Masumoto writes of this summer’s record heat and drought. “It’s dry, thirsty and bleak.”And destined to get more so, the […]

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