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
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
MOST READ
What We're Following See More »
FIRST WOMAN NOMINATED BY MAJOR PARTY
Hillary Clinton Accepts the Democratic Nomination for President
5 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"It is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for president," said Hillary Clinton in becoming the first woman to accept a nomination for president from a major party. Clinton gave a wide-ranging address, both criticizing Donald Trump and speaking of what she has done in the past and hopes to do in the future. "He's taken the Republican party a long way, from morning in America to midnight in America," Clinton said of Trump. However, most of her speech focused instead on the work she has done and the work she hopes to do as president. "I will be a president of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For the struggling, the striving, the successful," she said. "For those who vote for me and for those who don't. For all Americans together."

COUNTER-CHANTS AT THE READY
Protesters Make Good on Threat to Disrupt Speech
5 hours ago
THE LATEST

Supporters of Bernie Sanders promised to walk out, turn their backs, or disrupt Hillary Clinton's speech tonight, and they made good immediately, with an outburst almost as soon as Clinton began her speech. But her supporters, armed with a handy counter-chant cheat sheet distributed by the campaign, immediately began drowning them out with chants of "Hillary, Hillary!"

SUFFOLK POLL
New Survey Shows Clinton Up 9 in Pennsylvania
14 hours ago
THE LATEST

If a new poll is to be believed, Hillary Clinton has a big lead in the all-important swing state of Pennsylvania. A new Suffolk University survey shows her ahead of Donald Trump, 50%-41%. In a four-way race, she maintains her nine-point lead, 46%-37%. "Pennsylvania has voted Democratic in the past six presidential elections, going back to Bill Clinton’s first win in 1992. Yet it is a rust belt state that could be in play, as indicated by recent general-election polling showing a close race."

Source:
THREE NIGHTS RUNNING
Democrats Beat Republicans in Convention Ratings So Far
14 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Wednesday was the third night in a row that the Democratic convention enjoyed a ratings win over the Republican convention last week. Which might have prompted a fundraising email from Donald Trump exhorting supporters not to watch. "Unless you want to be lied to, belittled, and attacked for your beliefs, don't watch Hillary's DNC speech tonight," the email read. "Instead, help Donald Trump hold her accountable, call out her lies and fight back against her nasty attacks."

Source:
SHIFT FROM ROMNEY’S NUMBERS
Catholics, Highly Educated Moving Toward Dems
18 hours ago
THE LATEST

Catholics who attend mass at least weekly have increased their support of the Democratic nominee by 22 points, relative to 2012, when devout Catholics backed Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, a Morning Consult poll shows that those voters with advanced degrees prefer Hillary Clinton, 51%-34%. Which, we suppose, makes the ideal Clinton voter a Catholic with a PhD in divinity.

×