The fires this week tore through Maui, particularly impacting the town of Lahaina.
In addition to the human toll, upwards of 1,700 structures were also damaged or destroyed, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green (D) said Thursday evening on CNN.
Green said the death toll had risen beyond 36 and he planned to share updated numbers later Thursday.
President Biden on Wednesday sent military aid to the island, including assistance from the Coast Guard and Navy. He said the Transportation Department would also work with airlines to help tourists evacuate and the departments of Agriculture and the Interior would help with recovery efforts.
On Thursday, Biden issued a disaster declaration, allowing for additional funding assistance.
Read more in a full report from our colleague Lauren Sforza at TheHill.com.
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How policy will affect the energy and environment sectors now and in the future:
Canada’s devastating wildfire season prompts calls for new approach
The wildfires that ravaged Canada this summer have some experts calling for a more aggressive approach to the blazes than the country’s historically reactive, case-by-case approach.
Treasury announces tax credit bonus for renewables in low-income areas
A proposed rule from the Biden administration would add an increase of up to 20 percentage points to the tax creditfor solar and wind facilities in low-income areas.
Biden open to aid for ‘Oppenheimer’ nuclear test victims
President Biden said Wednesday he is “prepared to help” secure aid for the families impacted by the first nuclear test in New Mexico, which was featured prominently in the new film “Oppenheimer.” “I’m prepared to help in terms of making sure that those folks are taken care of,” Biden said at an event in Belen, N.M.
In Other News
Branch out with a different read on The Hill:
‘Above-normal’ hurricane season now forecast due to higher sea temperatures
Record high ocean temperatures may lead to more hurricanes than previously expected this season, according to national weather forecasters.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has upped its prediction for hurricane season from average to an “above-normal level of activity” for this year, the group announced Thursday.
What We’re Reading
News we’ve flagged from other outlets touching on energy issues, the environment and other topics:
World’s Top Food Producers Push Back on Deforestation Rules(Bloomberg)
Water issues persist at Hoover Dam, Lake Mead after historic snowfall (Fox Weather)
Bone dry on the range: Texas cattle ranchers battle drought, extreme heat (Reuters)
What Others are Reading
Two key stories on The Hill right now:
House GOP will subpoena Biden family, says Republican chairman
House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said that his committee, which has been investigating the foreign business dealings of President Biden’s family members, will eventually move to subpoena the Biden family — a move Comer hinted could include the president himself. Read more
Comer calls White House spokesperson a ‘clown’ after Hunter Biden memo
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) called White House spokesperson Ian Sams a “clown” Wednesday, after Sams dismissed a recent memo from the panel’s GOP staff as a “flop.” Read more
Opinions in The Hill
Op-eds related to energy & environment submitted to The Hill:
Climate complacency is killing us
Treat extreme heat like other natural disasters
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