Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:01 am
Obama attributes wildfires to climate change
Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington's wildfire, the largest in the state's history.
He said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate had authorized an emergency declaration to ensure electrical power.
Obama has asked Congress for $615 million in emergency spending to fight Western wildfires. He said spending on such fires has increased over the years.
He says, "A lot of it has to do with drought, a lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns and a lot of that has to do with climate change."