As the United States braces for intense heat, former Vice President Al Gore has renewed his plea for climate relief.
More than 90 million Americans were warned of dangerous weather on Sunday as temperatures were expected to reach 109 degrees in some parts of the country. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned that the heat will “feel extremely oppressive” in the Northeast.
It was after at least one person – who had other medical problems – died from exposure to heat in New York City on Saturday. In Dallas, a 66-year-old woman died of heat-related death and a 22-year-old hiker died of dehydration in a South Dakota national park.
The NWS warned that the “dangerous and intense summer heat” would continue Sunday, particularly in the major metro areas of Washington DC, New York City and Boston. Cooling centers were made available in the capital while 10,000 in Pennsylvania were still without power on Sunday after Saturday’s storms.
Climate experts around the world believe extreme summer weather could become commonplace.
“Well, scientists have been predicting these extraordinary and catastrophic events for decades,” Al Gore, 74, told Jonathan Karl on ABC News on Sunday. This week with George Stephanopoulos.
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“And the fact that you were absolutely correct, maybe even a little conservative in your predictions, should make us pay more attention to what you are now warning us about, Jonathan.
“They say if we don’t stop using our atmosphere as an open sewer, and if we don’t stop these heat-trapping emissions, things will get a lot worse. More people are being killed and our very survival as a civilization is at stake.”
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President Joe Biden recently announced some executive actions to address the climate crisis during a press conference in Massachusetts.
“I come here today with a message: As President, I have a responsibility to act with urgency and determination when our nation faces a clear and present danger,” he said. “And that’s what climate change is all about. It is literally, not figuratively, a clear and present danger.
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“The health of our citizens and our communities is literally at stake,” added Biden, 79.
His executive actions include $2.3 billion in funding for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program, $385 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, enforcing workplace safety through the newly established National Emphasis Program and expanding opportunities and jobs for offshore wind energy.