US President says, “We must be well prepared as climate crisis is here”
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden expressed his concern over recent catastrophic events like wildfire and Hurricane Ida, stating that extreme weather is a deadly reminder; we must be well prepared as the climate crisis is here.
Hurricane Ida hit states like Maryland, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, killing 48 people. Authorities stated that they were shocked by the speed and fierceness of the storm.
On Sunday, when Ida first hit Louisiana with a wind speed of 150 mph (240 kph), it became the fifth-most powerful storm to strike the US. Ida collapsed the power transmission tower and damaged lines and many substations. Ida’s annihilation left New Orleans in absolute darkness. On Wednesday, electricity began returning to various parts of the city.
Moreover, the Caldor wildfire in California has consumed more than 200,000 acres of land and is risking more than 35,000 constructions, edging near the Lake Tahoe region and becoming one of few rapidly spreading fires from one end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the other.
Biden laid out a detailed emergency relief effort being sent around the country; he concluded his speech by discussing how catastrophic events will keep occurring, all the more regularly and with more prominent force, in light of the environmental crisis.
The president added that he would urge Congress to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill to build damaged roads, connect the sewer and electricity system. The new plan guarantees that the essential organizations interfacing urban communities and states and the nation, in general, can understand the destruction brought about by frequent and dangerous weather.
Biden emphasized that the challenge rises above the political issues of a profoundly divided country due to the dangers presented by hurricanes and wildfires. “It’s an important issue, and all of us are in the same boat,” the president added.
“We realize that there is a lot to be done in this on our part. “We require restoring electricity, getting more fuel, drinking water and food for people stranded, Biden added.
POTUS also scolded insurers for declining to pay for stay expenses or damage for people who had to evacuate their homes suddenly.
“Try not to take cover behind the fine print and details,” Biden cautioned the insurers. “Make the correct decision and give your policyholders what you owe them.”
The White House stated that Biden had got briefings from Deanne Criswell, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator. He has also held a few phone calls with local officials and governors to discuss arrangements and necessities after hurricane Ida.