The future we spoke about in dire terms — that future is now, it's happening. We're losing life, lives; we're losing property and we cannot continue on this path. — New York Governor Kathy Hochul
The future we spoke about in dire terms — that future is now, it's happening. We're losing life, lives; we're losing property and we cannot continue on this path. — New York Governor Kathy Hochul

When you get two record rainfalls in a week it's not just coincidence. When you get all the changes we've seen in weather, that's not a coincidence. Global warming is upon us and it's going to get worse, and worse, and worse, unless we do something about it. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York
When you get two record rainfalls in a week it's not just coincidence. When you get all the changes we've seen in weather, that's not a coincidence. Global warming is upon us and it's going to get worse, and worse, and worse, unless we do something about it. — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York

Ida brought home for many Americans that we must act now and boldly to end fossil fuel subsidies and have a clean energy standard for the safety of our communities and nation. — Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California, who chairs the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on the Environment
Ida brought home for many Americans that we must act now and boldly to end fossil fuel subsidies and have a clean energy standard for the safety of our communities and nation. — Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California, who chairs the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on the Environment

New York Gov. Hochul faces first crisis after Ida floods parts of the state
The new governor, who stepped into her role less than two weeks ago after Andrew Cuomo resigned, declared a state of emergency early Thursday morning, and New York City issued a flash flood emergency for the first time in its history. Several inches of rain fell per hour, causing heavy flooding that brought railways and the New York City subway service to a standstill and left many unable to reach their destinations.

Hochul called the massive flooding overnight in the state and New York City, caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, "one for the record books" and "absolutely stunning on a scale."

"Unprecedented is almost an understatement," she said on CNN.

At the same time, Hochul and other Democrats offered dire warnings that the rainfall that has battered the city in recent days is a sign of the growing threat that climate change poses -- identifying the need to address infrastructure challenges as a priority for the state.

To underscore the accelerating threat of extreme weather, Hochul told reporters Thursday morning that the storm broke a record for rainfall in New York City that had been set just one week earlier.

"That says to me that there are no more cataclysmic, unforeseeable events. We need to foresee these in advance, and be prepared," Hochul said.

"We have no choice, my friends. The future we spoke about in dire terms -- that future is now, it's happening. We're losing life, lives; we're losing property and we cannot continue on this path," she said.

The hurricanes, tornados, floods and wildfires that have battered the nation in recent days led Democrats to issue new calls for drastic action to address the increasing frequency of extreme weather caused by global warming.

"Global warming is upon us," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said at a Thursday press conference. "When you get two record rainfalls in a week it's not just coincidence. When you get all the changes we've seen in weather, that's not a coincidence. Global warming is upon us and it's going to get worse, and worse, and worse, unless we do something about it."

Schumer's comments were echoed by Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California, who chairs the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on the Environment.

"I had cousins of mine who are not that political text me saying, 'What are we doing about the climate crisis?'" Khanna told CNN. "Ida brought home for many Americans that we must act now and boldly to end fossil fuel subsidies and have a clean energy standard for the safety of our communities and nation."
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