White House targets climate change as Joe Biden lands in Kentucky to investigate flood damage


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The White House took aim at climate change when President Biden landed in Kentucky on Monday to investigate flooding that killed at least 37 people last week.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the flooding is another sign that climate change is exacerbating natural disasters. Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are scheduled to meet with Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear throughout Monday afternoon.

The President and Governor will meet with families affected by the flash floods, which destroyed homes en masse.

“The Kentucky floods and extreme weather across the country are yet another reminder of the intensifying and accelerating impacts of climate change and the urgent need to invest in making our communities more resilient,” said Jean-Pierre to journalists aboard Air Force Once. during the flight to Kentucky.

KENTUCKY FLOOD DEVASTATION ‘NOT LIKE I HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE,’ SAYS WOLFE COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE CHIEF

Flooding in downtown Jackson, Kentucky on July 29, 2022 in Breathitt County, Kentucky. At least 16 people were killed and hundreds had to be rescued amid flooding caused by heavy rain.
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A Perry County school bus, along with other debris, lies in a creek near Jackson, Ky., July 31, 2022. – Kentucky rescuers are going door to door in weather conditions as they are preparing for a long and grueling effort to locate victims of the floods that devastated the east of the state, its governor said on July 31, 2022.

A Perry County school bus, along with other debris, lies in a creek near Jackson, Ky., July 31, 2022. – Kentucky rescuers are going door to door in weather conditions as they are preparing for a long and grueling effort to locate victims of the floods that devastated the east of the state, its governor said on July 31, 2022.
((Photo by seth herald/AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/AFP via Getty Images))

KENTUCKY FLOODS: HOT MEALS ARE NON-PROFIT TO VICTIMS

Beshear has deployed more than 400 National Guardsmen to the affected region. Victims who lost their homes saw little respite in the days that followed as the state endured 100-degree temperatures and soaring humidity.

So far, first responders have rescued some 1,300 people from the rubble of swept away towns.

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Biden declared the flooding a federal disaster last week, giving the state access to federal resources to pay for rescue and rehabilitation efforts.


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