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Statement by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Hurricane Sally in the Gulf Coast

September 17, 2020

Jill and I are praying for everyone from the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and up the East Coast into the Carolinas as Hurricane Sally unleashes fury and flood that are leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power and evacuating their homes and businesses.

Our hearts are also with everyone in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and across the West who have lost everything and the firefighters and first responders who are risking their lives as the wildfires rage on and ash falls from an orange sky.

Every year the devastating impacts of climate change — in billions of dollars in damage, in immeasurable loss of lives and livelihoods — sets new records of destruction in big cities, small towns, on coastlines, and farmlands across the country.

It is happening everywhere. It is happening now. And it's all happening while we fight off a historic pandemic and economic recession.

But it doesn't have to be this bad. We have to come together as a nation guided by science that can save lives. And grounded by economics that can create millions of American jobs — union jobs — to make us safe, stronger, and more resilient to a changing climate and extreme weather that will only come with more frequency and ferocity.

And we have to keep the faith in the capacity of the American people — to act, not deny, to lead, not scapegoat, and to care for each other and generations to come.

Joseph Biden, Statement by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Hurricane Sally in the Gulf Coast Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/344146

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