Biden Calls Code Red on Climate Change
President Biden paid a visit to areas who were directly impacted by the deadly havoc Hurricane Ida stirred up earlier this month. As Biden visited cities such as New Jersey, who accounted for more than half of the death toll, Queens, and Manville. The president got a first-hand glimpse at the damage Hurricane Ida has imposed on citizens, he calls this an example of an “existential threat” that extreme weather poses.
In a video provided by USA Today, Biden says “The threat is here. It’s not going to get any better. The question is can it get worse? We can stop it from getting worse. This is everybody’s crisis.” Biden references the extreme weather changes the country has been forced to deal with such as wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other irregular patterns to our weather. The cause? Biden states that these are consequences of climate change. As a result, forcing everyone including “climate skeptics” to open their eyes to the reality of what’s happening around them.
As the president continues to fight against climate change, he urges congress to approve a revised budget that will go directly towards the crisis. Federal aid will be provided to various counties who were impacted by Ida. NBC New York tells us that he plans to spend at least $1 billion dollars on improving infrastructures like electrical grids, water and sewer systems. As extreme weather will continue to impose on the country it’s important we have ways to defend ourselves against it, Biden suggested. “Hurricane Ida is another reminder that we need to be prepared for the next hurricane and superstorms that are going to come, and they’re going to come more frequently and more ferociously.”
So what’s the solution? President Biden addresses the nation in a press conference telling citizens that “we have to listen to the scientists and the economists and the national security experts.” These experts are calling the climate crisis a code red.
Others have offered various solutions. Red, Green and Blue is an organization which vocalizes progressive voices fighting for clean energy as well as immediate action against climate change. Black, Brown and Indigenious leaders have called on the organization to come together as a collective to advocate for Biden to stop the usage of fossil fuels, which some report to be a contributing factor towards climate change. Supporters saying “it’s time to place people over fossil fuels.”