The Climate Action Campaign and the Union of Concerned Scientists hosted a virtual press conference with advocates and experts on Thursday to highlight recent extreme weather in Delaware.
They also recognized Sen. Tom Carper for his climate leadership and call on the rest of Congress to follow suit and pass the Build Back Better Act.
Just days after the Eastern seaboard experienced heavy rain, severe flooding and other impacts from Hurricane Ida, the speakers discussed an alarming new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as the impacts of coastal storms, flooding and sea level rise in Delaware.
The speakers called for federal action from the Biden administration and Congress, pointing to the extreme weather impacts in the president’s home state as a prime example of the climate crisis.
The event included Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark; Dr. Kristina Dahl, a senior climate scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists; and Senior Fellow for Climate Security David Haines with the American Security Project.
“State and local communities can’t wage this fight alone,” Rep. Kowalko said. “We need federal support to transform our energy output, put people to work in family-sustaining clean energy jobs, and upgrade our infrastructure.”
Dr. Dahl said the extreme weather events of the past couple of years in the First State are far from normal.
“In Delaware, communities are directly exposed to severe flooding and worsening tropical storms, driven by climate change and rising temperatures,” Dr. Dahl said. “These extreme weather events fueled by climate change are not normal and are only going to increase in frequency and severity.
“We need big, bold investments to protect vulnerable communities, reduce pollution and stop this problem at the source.”