On Sandy Anniversary, Pols Push for Climate Action

A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina Sunday at 6:35 p.m. Eastern.
National Journal
Alex Brown
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Alex Brown
Oct. 29, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

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:

#Cli­mat­e­change is caus­ing sea levels to rise & storms to in­tensi­fy; we can’t risk an­oth­er #Sandy #Ac­tOn­Cli­mate ht­tp://t.co/7blQTK81O7

— Rep. Henry A. Wax­man (@Wax­man­Cli­mate) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

1st #Sandy an­niversary re­minds us of dan­ger­ous cli­mate change im­pacts like su­per­storms & rising sea levels ht­tp://t.co/0Yy6m­ce4JM

— EP­W­Chair­man­Box­er (@EP­W­Chair­Box­er) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

At event with #Sandy sur­viv­ors NJ Rep @Rush­Holt calls for re­si­li­ent in­fra­struc­ture, ac­tion on #cli­mate. #O29 pic.twit­ter.com/4ZTOT4k­CgU

— LCV (@LCVoters) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

It’s time to wake up & make our cit­ies & towns stronger for the next storm ““ we know it’s com­ing. w/ @Sen­White­house #cli­mat­e­change

— Chuck Schu­mer (@SenSchu­mer) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

One year after Su­per­storm Sandy, we must con­tin­ue to #Ac­tOn­Cli­mate change and build re­si­li­ent com­munit­ies. That’s… ht­tp://t.co/glk1qkiKN4

— Lois Capps (@RepLois­Capps) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

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

.@SEEC MoC @RepSusan­Dav­is re­mem­bers #Su­per­storm­Sandy, notes CA Wild­fires in call to #Ac­tOn­Cli­mate. Who is next? ht­tp://t.co/9H­NZCun­QRN

— LCV (@LCVoters) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

SEEC MoC @Rep­Per­lmut­ter on floor for 1 yr an­niversary of #Su­per­storm­Sandy, ex­treme floods, and fires in CO. Calls on us 2 #Ac­tOn­Cli­mate #O29

— House of Reps. SEEC (@SEEC) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

1 yr after #Sandy, #cli­mat­e­change is here & we must take ac­tion to pro­tect our shores, our cit­ies & our na­tion ht­tp://t.co/DOt­fvAe­JbH

— Ed Mar­key (@Mar­key­Memo) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013

.@Sen­White­house: We need to re­mem­ber #Sandy and learn her les­sons. #Ac­tOn­Cli­mate

— LCV (@LCVoters) Oc­to­ber 29, 2013
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