"Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan"

"“The nation and the world are in peril,” the president said during a stop in a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”"

"President Biden warned Americans on Tuesday that Hurricane Ida’s lethal destruction was the sure sign of a nation and world “in peril” from climate change and said drastic action would be needed to prevent extreme weather patterns from worsening.

“They all tell us this is code red,” Mr. Biden said from a neighborhood in Queens, referencing scientific research that suggests a growing number of Americans are vulnerable to extreme weather events. “The nation and the world are in peril. And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”

A trip through storm-battered areas of New Jersey and New York City gave Mr. Biden an opportunity to show his commitment to the federal government’s storm response and to build support for an infrastructure package that he has promised would help safeguard against future storms. While he was traveling, the White House sent Congress an urgent funding request for $14 billion to aid recovery from natural disasters that occurred before Hurricane Ida and to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Flanked by a number of Democratic politicians from New York, including Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mr. Biden said in Queens that the bipartisan deal would include investments to repair roads, pipes and bridges but would also include money to provide jobs that he said could ultimately make the country more climate-resistant."

Katie Rogers and Juliet Macur report for the New York Times September 7, 2021.


"Biden Sounds Alarm On Climate Change In Visit To Hurricane-Wracked New Jersey" (NPR)

"Transcript of Biden’s Speech on Climate Change and Hurricane Ida" (New York Times)

"In NYC After Ida, Biden Calls Climate ‘Everybody’s Crisis’" (AP)

"Biden Points To Dangers Of Climate Change On Tour Of Ida Damage In NJ, NY" (The Hill)

"Biden Tours Flood-Hit Areas; Calls Climate Change 'Existential Threat'" (Reuters)

"Biden Predicts He Can 'Work Something Out' With Manchin" (The Hill)

"Biden Talks Climate Change In Queens" (Politico)

"Biden Turns Storm Devastation Into Disaster-Zone Sales Pitch For Legacy Bills" (CNN)

Source: NYTimes, 09/08/2021