The President was quick to attribute this week’s extreme weather event as evidence that climate change is real and must be addressed by policy makers. Biden made remarks Saturday following the deadly storms and tornadoes which swept across Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri overnight.
Biden said, “all I know is that the intensity of the weather across the board has some impacts as a consequence of the warming of the planet and climate change.” He went on to say, “I’m going to be asking the EPA and others to take a look at that. The fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming. Everything. And obviously it has some impact here, but I can’t give you a quantitative read on that.”
The recent storm was devastating, resulting in at least 70 deaths in Mayfield Kentucky. Three people confirmed dead in Tennessee. At least 2 dead, and dozens trapped as Amazon warehouse collapses in Illinois. In Bowling Green, Kentucky there were 11 reported dead. One person in a nursing home was reported dead in Arkansas. In St. Charles County, Missouri there was one killed and two injured. The pressure from the natural disasters caused significant damage to homes throughout this region.
When Biden should have been talking about the devastation and loss we had as a country, he instead talked about climate change. It didn’t go unnoticed. Many took to twitter to criticize his remarks.