President Biden prepared to visit the hit areas of New York and New Jersey when residents scrambled to clean up and assess the devastating flash flood damage that hit the northeast last week. disaster.
A deadly flood from the remains of Hurricane Sandy, which killed more than 45 people in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, strengthens the battle that began in 2012 with Hurricane Sandy over ways to slow down and protect communities from climate change. Did. Floods have already intensified the debate over whether city, state and national leaders are doing well. Even those who publicly support strong measures, such as Mr. Biden.
Biden’s trip is a step for him and Democratic leaders to include global warming emissions in a $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill to increase funding to protect communities from disasters like last week. Comes when struggling to include in Congress.
However, some climate change groups have accused his administration of including major new funds in the bill to build and expand highways.
In New York and New Jersey, advocates of stricter climate measures have given new momentum to ambitious state and local climate laws and regulations, and to broader proposals such as the City Council bill banning gas heating. I hope it helps to overcome the opposition. All new building stoves.
New York Governor Kathy Hokul and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio step up the fight to deal with climate change as state and city agencies instigate residents to apply for help and claims. I vowed to do it. However, some residents complained that they were not yet staffed on the block day after the flood.
Sunday Hokuru Said on twitter She has allocated $ 378 million in federal disaster funding to protect New Yorkers from the effects of climate change, saying, “We are working with local governments to prevent this level of damage from happening again. To identify and fix. “
Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat and majority leader in New York, has declared that he will seize the moment to incorporate extreme weather protection into his budget. But some New Yorkers wanted more.
Dozens of demonstrator Swung life jacket Outside Schumer’s Brooklyn home on Saturday, each represented a flood-killed New Yorker, calling for support for the $ 1.43 trillion proposal for the “Green New Deal” for public schools.
The Climate and Environmental Justice Group said they would also pick Mr. Biden. Their message: The dead (at least 13 in New York and at least 27 in New Jersey) curb the burning of oil and gas that cause climate change, storm people, fires and heat waves warm the planet It gets more and more frequent as you go.
Rachel Rivera, a resident of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, who campaigned against the new gas pipeline, told Biden as well as local officials, “Stop the climate pollution that causes all of this and fund the work. I would like to encourage you to start offering it. ” To keep us safe. “
“It’s not one or the other,” she said. “That’s both. They speak loudly with each storm, but do nothing after that.”
After the roof collapsed during Hurricane Sandy, Rivera joined the New York Community Four Change, a group that addresses environmental and public housing issues. She said her teenage daughter suffered from traumatic flashbacks even when it rained.
Biden will visit New York City’s province, where the majority of New York City residents who died in the flood last week lived. Most of them drowned when rainwater squirted into an underground apartment that violated housing law.
The president will also visit Manville, NJ, which recorded a 10-inch rain on Wednesday’s downpour, forcing the town to rescue residents by helicopter and boat.
Both New York and New Jersey were devastated by Hurricane Sandy almost nine years ago, spurring new policies and grassroots movements to address climate change. The ambitious infrastructure program was designed for the development of renewable energy and coastal protection such as revetments and dune restoration. The public pension fund has begun selling from fossil fuel companies and has passed legislation requiring significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
However, many of those projects remain unfinished, and even more drastic proposals have not legislated it. Proponents of more ambitious ideas, such as the city’s bill banning gas-burning equipment in new homes, are now mobilizing for new momentum.
They include more and more locals Congressman Who has Elected A promise to curb carbon emissions, allow them to worsen in areas such as housing, transportation and disaster preparedness, and pass bold steps to address the problems and inequality that make extreme weather more deadly.
Small issues that may not have been noticed before the flood are already receiving new attention. Protest was planned On Monday, she played against state legislator Jennifer Large Kumar in Queens, proposing a parking lot she would support in Forest Park, one of the largest green spaces in the autonomous region.
The official response to this disaster had just begun on Sunday. Police were still making door-to-door canvassing in search of missing people. State agencies have set up command centers in flooded neighborhoods to help people get informed and help. The New York City Sanitation Department has said it will collect storm debris and overturn plans for garbage collectors to take a day off from workers.
On the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, another member of the New York Community Four Change, Linda Bowman, was dealing with a second flood. Her house was also flooded during the Sundi.
“I need help,” she said. “It’s not just about talking.”