Cuomo and Biden unveil New York climate change resiliency strategy

Vice President Joe Biden joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in announcing a $17 billion strategy to protect New Yorkers from future extreme weather in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Credit: Governor's Office/Flickr
Vice President Joe Biden joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in announcing a $17 billion strategy to protect New Yorkers from future extreme weather in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Credit: Governor’s Office/Flickr

Vice President Joe Biden joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in announcing a $17 billion climate change resiliency strategy to protect New Yorkers from future extreme weather in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“The new reality in New York is we are getting hit by 100 year storms every couple of years. We have to wake up to that new reality by completely re-imagining our state to be ready for any future disaster,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The program, dubbed “Reimagining New York for a New Reality,” will use federal funds appropriated for recovery and relief after three recent storms — Sandy, Irene and Lee — along with state funds.

“This wouldn’t happen without the federal government and without their support,” Cuomo said during a press conference Tuesday.

The program will address improvements to the state’s infrastructure, transportation networks, energy supply, coastal protection, weather warning system and emergency management as extreme weather becomes more likely as a result of climate change.

“I know there are global warmer deniers. I’m not going to get into that debate,” Biden said. “But the reality is: This is going to continue to happen.”

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