Governor Gavin Newsom signed off on a $15 billion climate package Thursday amid the wildfires in California threatening additional sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the $15 billion climate package onto the state’s climate on Thursday, which provides funding for drought and climate change programs in a state that has been left flooded after a devastating wildfire season that scorched more than 2 million acres of land.
The bulk of the package,$5.2 billion, will go to finance emergency drought relief projects and expansion of California’s water supply.
The package comprises $3.7 billion to fight risks posed by climate change, and to invest in projects that help mitigate extreme heat and deal with the threat posed by rising sea levels.
About $1.5 billion will be spent on wildfire fighting, according to Newsom’s office.
This month, President Joe Biden renewed his called for substantial investment in fighting climate change when he visited California and toured areas that have been hit by one of the nation’s worst fire seasons.
California typically has its peak fire season in late summer and autumn.
The state is on track to see more of its landscape engulfed in flames this year than last year, the worst year on record.