“La gente empieza a darse cuenta de que esto es mucho, mucho más grande de lo que nadie estaba dispuesto a creer,” Biden dijo residents of Queens, Nueva York, durante sus declaraciones tras un recorrido por el barrio. “And the whole segment of our population denying this thing called climate change. Even the climate skeptics are seeing that this really does matter.”
The president added that scientists have concluded the country is facing a “code red” threat from climate change and that the crisis is an “existential threat to our lives.”
That’s not hyperbole,” Biden dijo. “That is a fact.”
Biden touted his “Reconstruir mejor” spending plans on infrastructure as a way to ensure that devastation from deadly storms would not happen in the future.
“We can stop it from getting worse,” Biden dijo, explaining that his infrastructure spending would address problems caused by the storm, including paying for “flood-proof power stations” y “underground electrical lines.”
The president’s visit comes after he approved a disaster declaration for New York state, clearing the way for officials to access federal relief funding to aid recovery efforts.
The decision came one day after Biden approved a similar disaster declaration for six counties in New Jersey.
The action made federal funding available to affected individuals. The assistance, según la Casa Blanca, can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the storm.
Por lo menos 50 people were killed across six states as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought record rainfall to the Eastern seaboard. The hurricane initially made landfall in Louisiana, causing major damage and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.
Gobernador de Nueva York. Kathy Hochul’s office said the hurricane resulted in more than $ 50 million in damage to public infrastructure and property, according to estimates from state and federal experts. Hochul directed an additional $ 378 million in existing FEMA funds toward disaster mitigation efforts within the state.
Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.