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

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“The federation and the satellite are successful peril,” the president said during a halt successful a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is simply a fact.”

President Biden successful  Queens connected  Tuesday, flanked by Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York, left, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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Katie RogersJuliet Macur

Sept. 7, 2021, 6:37 p.m. ET

President Biden warned Americans connected Tuesday that Hurricane Ida’s lethal demolition was the definite motion of a federation and satellite “in peril” from clime alteration and said drastic enactment would beryllium needed to forestall utmost upwind patterns from worsening.

“They each archer america this is codification red,” Mr. Biden said from a vicinity successful Queens, referencing technological probe that suggests a increasing fig of Americans are susceptible to utmost upwind events. “The federation and the satellite are successful peril. And that’s not hyperbole. That is simply a fact.”

A travel done storm-battered areas of New Jersey and New York City gave Mr. Biden an accidental to amusement his committedness to the national government’s tempest effect and to physique enactment for an infrastructure bundle that helium has promised would assistance safeguard against aboriginal storms. While helium was traveling, the White House sent Congress an urgent backing petition for $14 cardinal to assistance betterment from earthy disasters that occurred earlier Hurricane Ida and to avert a authorities shutdown connected Oct. 1.

Flanked by a fig of Democratic politicians from New York, including Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate bulk leader, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mr. Biden said successful Queens that the bipartisan woody would see investments to repair roads, pipes and bridges but would besides see wealth to supply jobs that helium said could yet marque the state much climate-resistant.

“Climate alteration poses an existential menace to our lives, our economy, and the menace is here,” helium said. “It’s not going to get immoderate better. The question is: Can it get worse?”

The $1 trillion portion of authorities helium was determination to promote was passed by the Senate successful aboriginal August and inactive indispensable walk the House, but if enacted, it volition interaction astir each facet of the American system and fortify the nation’s effect to the planet’s warming. The $3.5 trillion budget program Mr. Biden has projected would spell adjacent further successful warring clime alteration but would necessitate the enactment of each 50 Senate Democrats and much mean members of the House.

But the White House indicated that much wealth would beryllium needed connected a faster clip frame. The urgent petition for backing sent to Congress connected Tuesday forecast that billions much would beryllium indispensable to respond to Hurricane Ida and besides included $6.4 cardinal to assistance the processing of Afghan overseas and successful the United States.

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Biden Surveys Damage From Ida to Eastern Seaboard

President Biden visited New York and New Jersey to measure harm from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Mr. Biden said the menace of clime alteration should beryllium considered successful however to rebuild aft the storm.

The losses that we witnessed contiguous are profound. Dozens of mislaid lives, homes destroyed successful Manville — including by state leaks triggered by the flooding — damaged infrastructure, including the obstruction system. And my thoughts are with each those families affected by the storms and each those families who mislaid idiosyncratic they loved. For decades, scientists person warned of utmost upwind and it would beryllium much extreme. And clime alteration was here, and we’re surviving done it now. We don’t person immoderate much time. I mean, each portion of the country, each portion of the state is getting deed by utmost weather, and we’re present surviving successful existent clip what the country’s going to look like. And if we don’t bash thing — we can’t crook it backmost precise much, but we tin forestall it from getting worse. And truthful we’re each successful this together, and we’ve got to marque definite that we don’t permission immoderate assemblage down — and it’s each crossed the country. And we’re going to physique back, realizing what the presumption of the clime is now, what the trajectory of it is going to be. And we tin nary longer — we each cognize we can’t conscionable physique backmost to what it was before. Whatever harm done successful New Jersey, you can’t physique backmost and reconstruct what it was earlier due to the fact that different tornado, different 10 inches of rain, is going to nutrient the aforesaid benignant of results.

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President Biden visited New York and New Jersey to measure harm from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Mr. Biden said the menace of clime alteration should beryllium considered successful however to rebuild aft the storm.CreditCredit...Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times

Mr. Biden’s archetypal halt of the time was New Jersey, wherever helium traveled with Gov. Phil Murphy to an exigency absorption grooming halfway and a vicinity successful Manville, successful Somerset County, wherever floodwaters past week caused explosions and fires successful buildings. Ida killed astatine slightest 27 people successful New Jersey — much fatalities than successful immoderate different authorities — and 4 radical stay missing. Mr. Biden’s travel came 4 days aft helium visited Louisiana to survey damage from the hurricane there.

As the president made his mode from the airdrome into Manville, his motorcade passed the still-smoldering remains of Saffron Banquet Hall, a gathering that exploded aboriginal Friday greeting aft being astir swallowed by floodwaters. The banquet hall’s motion was inactive standing, but crooked, with a torn “Grand Opening” banner hanging from it. Nearby, a spray-painted motion held up by constabulary portion read, “Help Manville Recover.”

A gantlet of debris, successful immoderate spots piled 10 feet high, stretched astir each the mode from the borderline of Manville done downtown. There were heaps of breached furnishings and appliances; dirt-covered toys, including a human-sized teddy bear; mounds of rotting drywall. Residents and concern owners had dragged those items from their flood-damaged buildings to the sidewalk, and nary 1 was definite when, oregon how, the piles would beryllium carted away.

Daniel Lopez, 42, lives a artifact from Manville’s main thoroughfare with his girlfriend, Liz Davis. They expected occupation from Hurricane Ida due to the fact that Manville is known for flooding — and flooding badly. Mr. Lopez, a locksmith, said helium had lived done 4 floods since his parents moved into the location successful 1991. But it had ne'er been this catastrophic, helium said.

“The flood gets worse each time,” Mr. Lopez said. “This is wherefore truthful galore shops connected Main Street are abandoned now. The radical present can’t instrumentality overmuch much of this, but the ones who’ve stayed, we’re beardown and person been done a lot.”

Flooding has been a generations-old occupation successful Manville, a blue-collar erstwhile mill municipality that was named aft the institution Johns-Manville, which manufactured asbestos there. Regina Petrone, who has lived determination for 30 years, mislaid everything successful her basement erstwhile Ida came through.

The national authorities has fto Manville suffer, she said, explaining that the adjacent municipality Bound Brook was portion of a national flood power task that built a bid of dikes that spared the municipality the devastation that Manville present faces. An Army Corps of Engineers survey recovered that Manville did not conscionable the cost-benefit modular for immoderate extortion task to spell forward, and residents were stung by it.

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“We’re the forgotten town,” Ms. Petrone said. “We’re excessively tiny to attraction about, evidently. So I anticipation Biden does something. This has gone connected mode excessively long.”

Mauro Rojas and Karla Licano, who are primitively from Costa Rica, moved to Manville 2 years agone due to the fact that they had heard it was bully for immigrants and for families. They looked astatine 30 houses successful the county, but bought 1 connected Boesel Street, successful the Lost Valley — the astir flood-prone country of Manville, wherever Mr. Biden visited connected Tuesday. After the storm, the mates and their young daughter, Elena, had to beryllium rescued from their location by a boat.

“Elena worries astir her schoolhouse container and clothes,” Ms. Luciano said. “Those are gone. I told her it volition beryllium OK. We besides person bills to wage and a location measure to pay, and I person nary thought however we’re going to bash that now.”

While Mr. Biden toured the Lost Valley, helium visited with families arsenic a clump of supporters of erstwhile President Donald J. Trump shouted astatine him from a distance.

“Well, convey God you’re safe,” Mr. Biden told 1 household whose location had been destroyed by a fire.

Mr. Biden past traveled to Queens, wherever respective radical were killed successful flooded basement apartments. Climate alteration has made low-lying dwellings peculiarly treacherous: Of the 13 radical recovered dormant successful New York City from the storm, at slightest 11 were successful basement units, according to the city’s Department of Buildings.

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Large American flags waved supra astir each stoop connected the northeast broadside of 88th Street adjacent Astoria Boulevard successful Queens up of Mr. Biden’s accomplishment connected the block.

“He brings energy, hope. These radical request hope,” said Sergio Bertoni, 61, gesturing toward the homes of his neighbors. “The president is the lone idiosyncratic successful this infinitesimal who tin help.”

Mr. Bertoni, a doorman who works successful Manhattan, said helium had incurred good implicit $40,000 worthy of nonaccomplishment and harm to the location helium has owned since 2001. The unit from the floodwater connected the artifact past week was truthful precocious it burst done the basement doorway and rushed through, leaving appliances and electronics similar computers, a washer, a dryer, televisions and a refrigerator successful ruins.

“We’re hoping thing that tin travel done FEMA comes here,” said Mr. Bertoni’s daughter, Xenia Bertoni, 27, who worked arsenic a manager astatine a carnal therapy bureau until her parent came down with Covid past year. She near her occupation to attraction for her mother, who was successful a coma for astir 5 months, leaving the household with 1 little income.

For Mr. Bertoni, who moved from his autochthonal Argentina to the United States successful 1989, his anticipation is that Mr. Biden’s beingness volition propulsion the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to springiness arsenic overmuch wealth arsenic possible.

“My imagination was to beryllium an American,” helium said. “My tone is successful this country. America indispensable instrumentality attraction of its people.”

On Monday, the governors of New York and New Jersey said that they had been granted national assistance from the Biden administration, which declared areas successful some states large catastrophe zones pursuing the torrential rains and catastrophic flooding past week.

The funding, which volition travel from FEMA, means that those who person been displaced from their homes by the tempest successful the approved counties, including radical who bash not person security coverage, volition beryllium eligible for wealth for repairs. It volition besides screen ineligible services, unemployment assistance and situation counseling, officials from some states said.

In New York and New Jersey, advocates for tougher clime measures are hoping that the catastrophe volition springiness momentum to caller state and local clime laws and regulations aimed astatine reducing greenhouse state emissions, arsenic good arsenic assistance flooded absorption to adjacent much sweeping proposals.

Mr. Biden and the Democrats who gathered astir him said successful Queens that they would proceed to instrumentality up the combat to get radical the resources they needed to retrieve from the storm. The president besides said that erstwhile helium travels to Scotland for a clime acme this autumn helium would propulsion different leaders to trim emissions and follow measures that could trim the effects of clime change. The Biden medication has pledged to scope net-zero emissions by 2050.

“We’re going to beryllium capable to bash these things,” Mr. Biden said. “But we’ve got to determination and we’ve got to determination the remainder of the world.”

Anne Barnard and Zolan Kanno-Youngs contributed reporting. Juliet Macur reported from Manville, N.J., and Chelsia Rose Marcius from Queens.

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