They all tell us this is code red. The nation and the world are in peril. And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact. — President Joe Biden
They all tell us this is code red. The nation and the world are in peril. And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact. — President Joe Biden
Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan
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.

“Climate change poses an existential threat to our lives, our economy, and the threat is here,” he said. “It’s not going to get any better. The question is: Can it get worse?”

... Mr. Biden and the Democrats who gathered around him said in Queens that they would continue to take up the fight to get people the resources they needed to recover from the storm. The president also said that when he travels to Scotland for a climate summit this fall he would push other leaders to reduce emissions and adopt measures that could reduce the effects of climate change. The Biden administration has pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.


“We’re going to be able to do these things,” Mr. Biden said. “But we’ve got to move and we’ve got to move the rest of the world.”
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