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Friday, February 14, 2014

Obama to link California drought to climate change -- By Brian Hughes, The Washington Examiner


President Obama on Friday will travel to California to announce new executive actions to combat the state’s drought and will attribute the growing frequency of such conditions to climate change.

Obama will announce the expediting of $100 million in assistance for livestock producers, $60 million in food-bank funding for families affected by the drought and another $15 million for areas nationwide most severely harmed by dry conditions.

But on a broader level, the president will use his trip to Fresno, Calif. to urge leaders to do more to fight climate change.

“Weather practically everywhere is being influenced by climate change,” said John Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology, previewing the event for reporters.

“You can expect that the president will talk about the connection between the increasing [frequency of drought] and climate change,” he added.

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