Democrats up to President Biden are warning that the worst is yet to come after Hurricane Ida flooded the Northeast, killing at least 26 people as they push for expensive climate change measures.
“This is yet another reminder that extreme storms and the climate crisis are here,” Biden said in a speech about the devastation of Hurricane Ida.
“Floods will become more frequent,” he continued. “For us, this is not about politics. Hurricane Ida didn’t care if you were a Democrat or Republican. This destruction is everywhere.’
Biden said that when the Senate returns to Washington, it would instruct them to approve the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan as part of its “Build Back Better” agenda.
Going through all this NYC flooding now and thinking of all the politicians who told me that pursuing a Green New Deal to adapt our national infrastructure to climate change is ‘unrealistic’ and ‘too expensive’. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NY, wrote on Twitter. “As if underdoing is the responsible adult thing to do?”
“Members of both parties engage in misleading rhetoric and funny math to convince the public that we are tackling climate change more than we are — and that includes parts of the current infrastructure plan,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We need a Green New Deal now.”
“Global warming is no accident for us,” Senator Chuck Schumer, NY, said in a news conference Thursday. “It gets worse and worse and worse.” The majority leader used the moment to push for the infrastructure deal and budget reconciliation plan to make their way through Congress.
“That is why it is so necessary to pass the two bills, the Infrastructure Act and the Budget Reconciliation Act.”
“Woe to us if we don’t recognize that these changes are the result of climate change. Woe betide us if we don’t act soon,” he said.
The $3.5 trillion budget plan focused on “human infrastructure” would allocate nearly $200 billion for distribution by the Energy Commission, another $67 billion for Environment and Public Works and $135 billion for Agriculture, with a focus on the reducing CO2 emissions. The plan advances President Biden’s agenda to cut emissions by 50% by 2030.
The president, who made comments about the hurricane, declined to answer questions and turned his back on reporters after finishing his speech
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: People stand in a subway station as water pours down their feet during flash flooding caused by storm Ida
NEW YORK CITY: Trains were flooded with waterfalls, while subway stations were completely flooded
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday night’s storm was the “biggest wake-up call” to act on climate change.
‘A terrible storm like we’ve never seen before… The ferocity of storms now. It is different. This is the biggest wake-up call we can ever get. We are going to do many things differently and quickly.’
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Unfortunately, because of climate change, we’re going to be seeing this on a regular basis.”
“Those who said we were not prepared for the climate crisis were right. Those who said Trump’s far-right appointees would topple Roe v. Wade were right. Those who said Afghanistan would take decades and cost trillions of dollars were right. Trust organizers,” Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wrote on Twitter, also citing a new Texas law banning abortion after six weeks and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
At least 26 people have died in the Northeast, including a family of three with a two-year-old boy who drowned in a New York City basement after Hurricane Ida’s tail crawled over the tristate area on Wednesday night with a month of rain in less than a day. , houses flooded as people slept and parts of New Jersey torn apart by tornadoes.
“Look, everyone’s a global warming denier, look what’s going on,” New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney Democrat Stephen Sweeney said at a news conference Thursday.
Sweeney said, ‘You had the occasional storm and you were nothing. These things get stronger and there is more damage. We have to do something, because it’s too late now.’
Nine people were killed in New York City when water poured into basement apartments in Brooklyn and Queens and people across the city became trapped in flooded subway stations. MTA bus drivers were sent to the stations to pick up stranded people and bring them to safety.
Eight of the NYC victims died in flooded basement homes. A person was found in the back seat of a car around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
Ocasio-Cortez said the floods represented an “inequality crisis.”
How the Climate Crisis is an Inequality Crisis: Many of these deaths occurred in basement homes, many of which are illegal and growing in # due to the unaffordable housing crisis, but fail to meet the safety standards required to keep people safe from incidents such as flash floods .’
Central Park Lake poured into Bethesda Terrace on Wednesday evening. This was the view at the iconic fountain on Thursday morning
Basement apartments across New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were flooded Wednesday as the storm hit
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Members of the FDNY are pictured in the midwater rescuing a woman from her car
People watch a flooded street in Philadelphia, Thursday, September 2, 2021 in the aftermath
Knowing that there are tornadoes near our homes, and seeing flash flooding our streets, I am more than concerned about the future as these isolated storms continue incessantly. If you need more evidence of an impending climate catastrophe, look outside,” New York Representative Yvette Clarke wrote on Twitter.
A 19-year-old man died in Maryland when the Rock Creek River overflowed and flooded nearby homes, and one person died in Upper Dublin Township near Philadelphia, the city’s mayor announced on Thursday without giving further details.
The two-year-old in New York City was found dead next to a 48-year-old woman and 50-year-old man in an apartment in Woodside, Queens. They were all locked up in their basement apartment. They were among eight dead in New York City, including an 86-year-old woman who died in her basement apartment in Elmhurst, Queens.
More people have now been found dead in New York City from Ida than in Louisiana, which had days to prepare for the storm.
Meanwhile, President Biden has declared a state of emergency in California over the Caldor wildfire, which has destroyed more than 200,000 acres and forced tens of thousands to evacuate.
Last month, a grim report from the United Nations predicted that the Earth will likely warm by 2.7 F over the next 20 years — a decade earlier than previously expected — and heatwaves, floods and droughts will become more frequent and intense.
On August 9, 234 experts in the report warned that the US was heading for disaster. Floods, deadly fires and heatwaves will not only become the norm, but will increase in a warming world, warns the 3,949-page review.
Humans have heated the planet by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1°C) since the 1800s, largely by burning coal, oil and gas for energy – with the US being one of the world’s top producers.
Scientists had expected temperatures to rise 2.7 F (1.5 C) above pre-industrial levels between 2030 and 2052, but now think it will happen between this year and 2040.