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Joe Biden’s top climate adviser on how climate change will shape the US economy

Ali Zaidi speaking at a podium with an American flag and the White House logo on the wall behind him
National climate advisor Ali Zaidi holds a press briefing on Thursday, December 16th, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. | Image: White House

Climate change is already taking its toll on the US economy, according to the most sweeping national assessment yet that was published earlier this week. Conducted every four years, this was the first national climate assessment to dedicate an entire chapter to economics. Its “conservative estimate” is that extreme weather supercharged by global warming already costs the US $150 billion in damages a year. That’s just one example of how our changing planet will affect Americans’ pocketbooks.

How is the Biden administration coping with this new reality? And are new technologies like AI helping or hurting the cause? The Verge spoke with Ali…

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