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Good morning and welcome to Climate 202! today is one Great day for climate policy, President Biden will sign Inflation Reduction Law in law White HouseWe asked a former vice president to understand the importance of this moment:
Al Gore never thought it would take so long to pass a major climate law
1981, as a young Member of Parliament, ex Vice President Al Gore Some experts believe this was the first congressional hearing on climate change.
In the mid-2000s, Gore continued to sound the alarm about the dangers of rising global temperatures. He appeared in the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth and 2007. Allocated Nobel Peace Prize Joined with climate scientists for their efforts to raise awareness of the issue.
Despite Gore’s tireless campaign, the United States — which has been emitting more greenhouse gases than any other country – In the past there has been a lack of comprehensive climate legislation. But now, for the first time in more than four decades, he has warned Congress about the climate crisis that is finally about to change.
President Biden Sign the law on Tuesday Inflation Reduction Law, which authorized the largest spending explosion in US history to combat global warming. The Senate passed the landmark bill on Aug. 7 and the House of Representatives followed on Friday.
The Climate 202 spoke to Gore over the phone about his views on the climate package and his work in educating a new generation of activists. The following interview has been slightly edited and shortened for clarity:
Climate 202: What were you doing last Sunday when the Senate passed the anti-inflation bill and what was your initial reaction?
Blood: Well I was glued c call, and I’ve been on the phone and texting various senators. And I was very excited when the result came. This law is a game changer. It will create jobs, cut costs, increase American competitiveness, reduce air pollution and, of course, tackle the climate crisis. We have crossed a huge threshold that will have a major impact on international climate protection in particular COP27 this November.
Climate 202: They held the first congressional hearing on climate change in the 1980s. Did you ever think it would take so long to pass big climate legislation?
Blood: I thought it would come sooner. I never expected to dedicate my life to her. And I never expected the fight to pass such a law. it took so long
Climate 202: Why has it been so difficult to get climate bills through the Senate in the past? Would you point to specific factors such as filibusters, opposition to Republicans, or lobbying by fossil fuel industry groups?
Blood: Well, the quality of our democracy has been affected by the passing of this law, but let’s not think that our democracy has not been seriously damaged. So yes, I would advocate changing the practice of district manipulation, eliminating filibusters, making our country more divided and partisan, and reducing the influence of big money on our politics.
But the ability of the fossil fuel industry and its lobbyists to stop climate action has, in this case at least, faded. And I think it will gain momentum that we will never return.
Climate 202: Climate package shows some agreements Senator Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.) on regulations in favor of the fossil fuel industry. Given the nature of our political system, is this bill the best we can hope for?
Blood: The agreements in this law are actually very modest. If you look at the law through the lens of CO2 reduction, some of the provisions that I would certainly have rejected are, in the case of CO2, extremely modest compared to the tremendous progress made in most of the law. It was a tremendous achievement.
Climate 202: you lead climate reality project, which trains people to become climate activists and leaders. What’s next for you and the group?
Blood: This week I am training 6,700 new climate activists in Brazil. With Brazil’s elections just weeks away, we have a chance to transition into a pro-climate government. And of course, following its recent climate elections, Australia just passed its first major climate law.
So we have a lot of momentum. But the hard part is ahead of us. We still have a lot to do.
Infrastructure funds to almost double zero-emission buses on the road
The Infrastructure Act is intended to almost double the number of zero-emission buses on the country’s roads in one funding year. federal transport administration announced on Tuesday Ian Duncan Reporting for the Washington Post.
The agency said it has granted transit operators across the country $1.6 billion to buy about 1,800 new buses — 1,100 of which will be zero-emissions — and to build maintenance and charging facilities and train employees.
Officials said the money would be distributed to 150 projects in 48 states. The agency will allocate four more rounds of funding in the coming years as the country transitions from diesel-powered buses to more sustainable battery- or hydrogen-powered buses.
Mitch Landrieu, President BidenInfrastructure consultant said the funding will be supplemented by the provisions in Inflation Reduction Law It aims to boost battery manufacturing and the uptake of clean heavy-duty vehicles.
Western states face deadline to cut steep water along Colorado River at tipping point
On Tuesday, seven states in the Colorado River basin propose unprecedented limits or unilateral cuts by the federal government in their water use as the West descends into its worst drought in 1,200 years.
But so far, water-sharing talks between the states have made no progress, a Nevada official wrote in a letter seen by The Hills. Jack Budrico,
Talks over the past three months have produced “nothing in terms of meaningful collective action to prevent the coming crisis.” John AntsmingerDirector General of Southern Nevada Water Authoritywritten in a letter to Ministry of the Interior and proofreading office Officer.
Meanwhile, Utah officials are scrambling to find new water sources to support people moving to the region for its stunning scenery. Karen Bruilliard post report.
in St. George, Utah, a fast-growing metropolitan area that is easily accessible to visitors Zion National ParkThe population of 180,000 is expected to more than double by 2050 – although the only source of water, the Virgin River Basin, is rapidly shrinking due to human-caused climate change.
More dangerous heatwaves are on the way – see impacts by postcode
Millions of people in the United States are expected to experience extreme temperatures more frequently and for longer periods over the next 30 years, according to data released Monday by the nonprofit, as climate change tightens its grip on the planet. . First Street Foundationthe post John Muskens, Andrew BaTran, Anna Phillips, Simon Ducroquet and Naima Ahmed report well.
The analysis relied on measurements of surface temperature data, tree cover, impervious surfaces and proximity to water using a moderate scenario in which global greenhouse gas emissions peak around 2040 and then gradually decrease. Is. A retrospective breakdown of the group’s data concluded that global warming has already caused nearly 46 percent of Americans to experience triple-digit heat for at least three consecutive days a year. That number is projected to rise to 63 percent over the next three decades.
Nowhere is the threat more widespread than in the South, where climate change is projected to result in an average of 20 extra days of triple-digit heatwaves each year. In some states like Texas and Florida, residents can be seen with a heat index of over 100 degrees for more than 70 days in a row. The findings are that high temperatures this summer are breaking records, threatening power grids and increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses in vulnerable populations.
Inflation Reduction Act promotes nature as a climate solution
Inflation Reduction Law That includes $369 billion in climate and energy-related spending, much of which goes into high-tech climate solutions. But the law also earmarks money for nature-based climate solutions — a less heralded but necessary part of the fight against climate change, according to The Post. Brady Dennis Report.
The measure includes about $20 billion to protect agriculture and $5 billion to protect forests across the country. Congressional Research Service. While that doesn’t sound like much, experts are finding that healthy forests, wetlands, and other landscapes can remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually, making them a powerful carbon sequestration tool.
Grenada’s environment minister Simon Steele will be the next UN climate chief
Simon silenceGranada’s environment minister was appointed as the next executive secretary on Monday United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Fiona Harvey Report for the Guardian.
The announcement comes as nations prepare to meet in Egypt for an anticipated United Nations climate summit, known as COP27, in less than three months. Steel, which countries are hiring to meet their climate targets, was a surprising choice as a replacement Patricia EspinosaOutgoing Executive Secretary.
Steele is the third consecutive UN climate chief to hail from the Latin American and Caribbean region. The decision underscores the vulnerability of low-lying island nations, which while not the source of most emissions, are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Shoutout to all climate brothers with eco concerns. We are watching you.