Saturday, February 15, 2014

White House Video: President Obama Explains Climate Change And The California Drought

Washington, DC - On the heels of President Barack Obama's trip to Fresno, California on Friday to announce millions in federal aid for drought relief, the White House today released a video spotlighting his remarks during the visit that explain why he believes there is a realationship between the worst drought in a century and climate change.

The video shows Mr. Obama touring farmer Joe Del Bosque's parched operation in Los Banos.  During his visit, the President announced he will propose a $1 billion "climate resilience fund" in his fiscal year 2015 budget to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change and to fund research and technology to protect against its impact.  He is expected to deliver his budget to Congress in mid-March.

The President was joined by California Governor Jerry Brown (D) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jim Costa.

*The transcript of the President's remarks during his visit.