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For the past year and a half, it seemed like Joe Biden would get to sign a major piece of legislation addressing climate change.

The vehicle was at first his marquee Build Back Better spending plan, which would have allocated more than a trillion dollars to Addressing a host of Democratic priorities. Then that died, and Democrats quietly began working on a follow-up bill that could pass both the Senate and the House of Representatives, which the party controlled with razor-thin margins.

Now, it seems like Congress won’t act to curb America’s carbon emissions at all. Joe Manchinthe centrist Democrat whose vote is necessary to get any legislation that doesn’t win Republican support through the Senate, has said now is not the time to spend money fighting climate change due to the current high rate of inflation, even as extreme weather continues to batter the United States and world.

The senator’s declaration last week was a major loss for the White House, but Biden may still get to use his pen by signing to-be-announced executive orders intended to keep temperatures from rising.

Good morning, US politics blog readers. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the real-world consequences of American politics, specifically the collapse last week of Democratic efforts to get Congress’s approval of a plan to fight climate crisis. The United States and the world at large is today grappling with extreme heat and other calamities fueled by rising global temperatures, and experts warn if Washington and other top carbon emitters don’t change something, it will only get worse.

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Sam Levin

The unhoused are one group bearing the brunt of the climate crisis – particularly in California. Sam Levi reports:

In a remote stretch of southern California desert, at least 200 unhoused people live outside, battling the extremes: blazing hot temperatures in the summer, snow in winter, rugged terrain inaccessible to many vehicles, a constant wind that blankets everything with silt, and no running water for miles.

For Candice Winfrey, the conditions almost proved deadly.

The 37-year-old lives in a Camper in the Mojave desert, on the northern edge of Los Angeles county, miles from the nearest store. During a record-breaking heatwave in July 2020, she found herself running out of water. The jug of a gallon she had left had overheated, the water so hot it was barely drinkable. It was more than 110F (43C), and no one was around to help. She recalled laying in her tent, trying not to think about the heat exhaustion and dehydration overtaking her. “I thought I was gonna die. I was seeing the light. I was just waiting it out and praying to God that I’d make it.”

Fiona Harvey

Fiona Harvey

“Collective suicide”: that’s what the UN secretary general said Humanity is facing due to rising temperatures, as The Guardian’s Fiona Harvey reports:

Wildfires and heatwaves wreaking havoc across swathes of the globe show Humanity facing “collective suicide”, the UN secretary general has warned, as governments around the world scramble to protect people from the impacts of extreme heat.

António Guterres told Ministers from 40 countries meeting to discuss the climate crisis on Monday: “Half of Humanity is in the danger zone, from floods, droughts, extreme storms and wildfires. No nation is immune. Yet we continue to feed our fossil fuel addiction.”

He added: “We have a choice. Collective action or collective suicide. It is in our hands.”

For the past year and a half, it seemed like Joe Biden would get to sign a major piece of legislation addressing climate change.

The vehicle was at first his marquee Build Back Better spending plan, which would have allocated more than a trillion dollars to Addressing a host of Democratic priorities. Then that died, and Democrats quietly began working on a follow-up bill that could pass both the Senate and the House of Representatives, which the party controlled with razor-thin margins.

Now, it seems like Congress won’t act to curb America’s carbon emissions at all. Joe Manchinthe centrist Democrat whose vote is necessary to get any legislation that doesn’t win Republican support through the Senate, has said now is not the time to spend money fighting climate change due to the current high rate of inflation, even as extreme weather continues to batter the United States and world.

The senator’s declaration last week was a major loss for the White House, but Biden may still get to use his pen by signing to-be-announced executive orders intended to keep temperatures from rising.

America’s plan to fight climate crisis Stalls as extreme heat batters US and the world

Good morning, US politics blog readers. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the real-world consequences of American politics, specifically the Collapse last week of Democratic efforts to get Congress’s approval of a plan to fight climate crisis. The United States and the world at large is today grappling with extreme heat and other calamities fueled by rising global temperatures, and experts warn if Washington and other top carbon emitters don’t change something, it will only get worse.

Here’s more about what’s happening today:

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