: Hurricane Idalia: Biden promises ‘anything the states need’ and says climate crisis can’t be denied

by | Aug 30, 2023 | Stock Market

President Joe Biden on Wednesday promised ample federal support and noted links to climate change as he gave a speech about Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall in the morning on Florida’s Gulf Coast and has been moving across Georgia. “I don’t think anybody can deny the impact of the climate crisis anymore. Just look around — historic floods, I mean historic floods, more intense droughts, extreme heat,” Biden said in a speech at the White House.

“Significant wildfires have caused significant damage like we’ve never seen before, not only throughout the Hawaiian Islands in the United States, but in Canada and other parts of the world,” he added. Related: Biden points to Arizona’s extreme heat, majestic Grand Canyon as he promotes climate-focused 2022 law Florida is suffering this latest hit even as the state is still still dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Ian last year. Biden has been in touch with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with the president telling the Republican presidential candidate on Monday that the state would have the federal government’s “full support” as it responds to Idalia and its aftermath. The president said he again offered help in a call on Wednesday with DeSantis, and that he also spoke with the governors of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. “I let each governor I spoke with know if there’s anything, anything the states need right now, I’m ready to mobilize that support,” Biden said. The Democratic president said his discussions with DeSantis haven’t been about politics, adding that he knows that “sounds strange” given “the nature of politics today.” “This is not about politics. This is about taking care of the people of the state,” Biden said in response to a reporter’s question. Related: Trump, DeSantis dip …

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