President Obama didn’t mention climate change in his statement on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, but plenty of lawmakers marked the day with a call for action.
“The aftermath of this event has brought us to very clear conclusions,” said Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. “Climate change should no longer be considered a simple threat, but a very real, clear, and present danger.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in his own statement: “The improvements taking place all across our state speak volumes about the determined nature of our residents and our foresight to prepare for what we understand to be a new normal with regard to the changing frequency of what used to be once-in-a-generation storms.”
Plenty of others chimed in on Twitter:
Today is the one year since Superstorm Sandy #O29. We must stop using climate-disrupting dirty energy or face more severe storms….— Matt Cartwright (@RepCartwright) October 29, 2013
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