LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Vice President Kamala Harris will visit southern Nevada on Monday and is expected to speak about climate change and invest in climate resilience.
White House communications report that the vice president plans to be in Lake Mead around noon. Harris is expected to take a tour, receive a briefing, and deliver remarks advocating for the largest investment in climate resilience in U.S. history by adopting the Build Back Better program and the bipartisan infrastructure agreement.
Harris should point out that water shortages are having a ripple effect on American farmers, the food supply, and the economy – and that climate change will continue to make weather extremes, including droughts and heat, more extreme. frequent, expensive and harmful, according to communications from the White House. team.
And that Congress must pass the Build Back Better program and Biparty Infrastructure Agreement bills, to tackle resilience to drought and the climate crisis, and to create millions of good jobs by building and repairing water infrastructure, restoring watersheds and wetlands, and improving water efficiency and conservation. .
Harris will receive a briefing on the situation from officials in the US Department of the Interior, the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US National Park Service, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and Clark County Parks and Recreation. She will also be joined by Representative Dina Titus, Representative Susie Lee and Representative Steven Horsford, according to White House communications.
The White House team says Lake Mead provides water to 25 million people in Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico. Yet this year, due to a drought brought on by climate change, Lake Mead hit its lowest level since its inception with the construction of dams on the Colorado River in 1935.
Currently, more than 2.7 million Nevadans live in drought and 95% of the state is in severe to exceptional drought conditions, according to the White House.
Previously, Harris drafted several pieces of legislation to deal with the water crisis in the West and the wildfires that are being exacerbated by worsening drought conditions, according to the White House. And investments to make America’s infrastructure more resilient are a key part of the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the Build Back Better program.
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