Biden in NYC after Ida: Climate is 'everybody's crisis'.
Byline: AAMER MADHANI and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press
NEW YORK -- President Joe Biden declared climate change has become "everybody's crisis" on Tuesday as he toured neighborhoods flooded by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, warning it's time for America to get serious about the "code red" danger or face ever worse loss of life and property.
Biden spoke after walking streets in New Jersey and then Queens in New York City, meeting people whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by flooding when Ida barreled through. The storm dumped record amounts of rain onto already saturated ground and was blamed for more than a dozen deaths in the city.
The president said he thinks the damage everyone is seeing, from wildfires in the West to hurricane havoc in the South and Northeast, is turning climate-change skeptics into believers, but years of unheeded warnings from scientists, economists and others mean time for action is short.
"The threat is here. It is not getting any better," Biden said in New York. "The question is can it get worse. We can stop it from getting worse."
Biden sounded a similar theme before he toured Manville, New Jersey, also ravaged by severe flooding.
"Every part of the country, every part of the country is getting hit by extreme weather," Biden said during a briefing with officials in Somerset County, including Gov. Phil Murphy.
He said the threat from wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and other extreme weather must be dealt with in ways that will lessen devastating effects of climate change.
The natural disasters have given Biden an opening to push Congress to approve his plan to spend $1 trillion to fortify infrastructure nationwide. The legislation has cleared the Senate and awaits a House vote.
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|Author:||AAMER MADHANI and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press|
|Publication:||Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)|
|Date:||Sep 8, 2021|
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