Biden says Ida, wildfires show ‘climate crisis’ has struck

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pledging robust federal help for the Northeastern and Gulf states battered by Hurricane Ida and for Western states beset by wildfires. Biden says in a White House speech that the catastrophes serve as deadly reminders that the “climate crisis” has arrived. The president plans to further press Congress to pass his nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill to improve roads, bridges, the electric grid and sewer systems. The proposal intends to ensure that the vital networks that connect cities, states and the country can withstand the increasingly dangerous weather.