Biden calls climate change ‘the ultimate threat to humanity’

Speaking about the release of the fifth National Climate Assessment, a federal report about the nation's climate, President Biden said climate change affects all regions of the U.S. and called it “the ultimate threat to humanity.”

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JOE BIDEN: Today, today, I'm proud to announce that my administration just released the fifth climate assessment in our nation's history. It didn't just come out of thin air, written over four years, 750 authors and experts, thousands, thousands of American contributors from every single state in the nation as well as several territories and tribes. It's the most comprehensive assessment on state of climate change in the history of America. And it matters. This assessment shows us in clear scientific terms that climate change is impacting all regions, all sectors of the United States, not just some, all.

It shows that communities across America are taking more action than ever to reduce climate risks. It warns that more action is still badly needed. We can't be complacent. Let me say that again. We can't be complacent. We have to keep going. Above all, it shows us that climate action offers an opportunity for the nation to come together and do some really big things. You know, I've seen firsthand what the reports make clear, the devastating toll of climate change and its existential threat to all of us. And it is the ultimate threat to humanity.