President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged strong federal assistance to Hurricane Ida-stricken north- and Gulf states and wildfire-ravaged western states, using the disasters as a deadly cautionary story about how ‘climate crisis’ might be returning.

“These extreme storms, and the climate crisis, are here,”Joe Biden

‘These extreme storms, and the climate crisis, are here,’ Biden said in a White House intervention.

The president said he would continue pushing Congress to pass his nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill to fix roads, bridges, power grids, and sewer systems.

The proposal seeks to ensure that the vital networks linking cities, and states, to the country as a whole can withstand floods, hurricanes, and damage from increasingly dangerous storms.

Biden emphasized that the challenge exceeds the politics of a deeply divided nation with threats from storms and fires.

Scientists say climate change increases the frequency of extreme food weather events like giant tropical storms and the droughts and heatwaves that provide the conditions for huge wildfires.

Weather authorities recently reported that July 2021 was the hottest month on record for 142 years.

Ida was the fifth strongest storm in history to hit the United States on Sunday as it hit Louisiana with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, likely causing tens of billions in damage including to the power grid, to flooding, wind and other damage.

Hurricane Ida

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Hurricane Ida is a weakening tropical depression that became the second most intense hurricane to strike the U.S. state of Louisiana on record, only behind Hurricane Katrina, (wikipedia)

Joe Biden

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is an American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, (wikipedia)

John Bel Edwards

John Bel Edwards is an American politician and attorney serving as the 56th governor of Louisiana. A member of the Democratic Party, (wikipedia)

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was a large Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that caused over 1,800 deaths and $125 billion in damage in late August 2005, (wikipedia)

White House

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., and has been the residence of every U. (wikipedia)