Pete Buttigieg defends pushing Biden’s green agenda in heat wave

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‘We’re running out of time on climate’: Pete Buttigieg defends Biden’s green agenda when asked what the White House is doing for Americans who don’t have air conditioning and who put lives at risk during a heat wave

  • Pete Buttigieg warned country ‘runs out of time’ to do something about climate change as record heatwave sweeps US
  • A ‘heat dome’ lands on the United States on Wednesday with a ‘dangerous’ heat wave reaching maximums of 118 degrees
  • ‘This is what a transition looks like. This is exactly the challenge we are going through,” Buttgieg told CNBC
  • Biden will be in Massachusetts pushing his climate agenda

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned on Wednesday that the country “runs out of time” to do something about climate change as a record heat wave sweeps across the United States.

Buttigieg struck up a conversation about climate change during an interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen, who asked the secretary of transportation what President Joe Biden could do to provide relief for Americans during the heat wave.

A ‘heat dome’ will land on the United States on Wednesday, with the ‘dangerous’ heat wave reaching maximums of 118 degrees. More than 265 million people are at risk, and a third of the U.S. population is receiving extreme heat warnings. It follows record high temperatures in Europe this week.

“There are real possibilities that people don’t have air conditioning during a heat wave,” Kernen said during the interview, asking, “How do you explain a climate crisis in the midst of a real weather crisis?”

‘This is what a transition looks like. This is exactly the challenge we are going through,” replied Buttgieg, adding that “we are running out of time” when it comes to climate change.

Kernen also urged Buttigieg how Biden could achieve his goal of achieving a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 in greenhouse gases.

“We have changed the climate between 2010 and now and not in a good way,” emphasizes Buttigieg.

“It’s a question of how many lives and how much livelihood will be destroyed by allowing the worst effects of climate change to take place,” he added.

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned the country 'runs out of time' to do something about climate change as a record heatwave sweeps the United States

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned the country ‘runs out of time’ to do something about climate change as a record heatwave sweeps the United States

Biden will warn members of Congress on Wednesday that if they don’t take action to fight climate change, he will.

The ultimatum comes during the president’s trip to Massachusetts, where he will visit the Brayton Point Power Station – New England’s largest coal-fired power station, which is being converted into a factory to produce cables for offshore wind farms.

Biden will “make clear” that climate change is an “existential threat to our nation and to the world.” And he will also make it clear that since Congress will not respond to this emergency, it will,” said a White House official.

But the president won’t stop declaring a national emergency on Wednesday, which would free up federal resources to address the issue, despite heavy pressure from members of his party to do so.

“The climate emergency won’t happen tomorrow, but we still have it on the table,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at Tuesday’s daily press conference. “I didn’t circle a date in the calendar.”

However, the president will announce federal funds in his remarks to help heat-stricken communities. And he will announce new initiatives to strengthen the domestic offshore wind industry.

New York locals flocked to Rockaway Beach yesterday to soak up the east coast sun with temperatures reaching 97 degrees

New York locals flocked to Rockaway Beach yesterday to soak up the east coast sun with temperatures reaching 97 degrees

New York locals flocked to Rockaway Beach yesterday to soak up the east coast sun with temperatures reaching 97 degrees

People seek relief from the heat at a Houston swimming pool, where temperatures can reach 112 degrees

People seek relief from the heat at a Houston swimming pool, where temperatures can reach 112 degrees

People seek relief from the heat at a Houston swimming pool, where temperatures can reach 112 degrees

Rising temperatures across the country have led Boston to declare a “heat emergency” on Wednesday, as New York City officials urge residents to stay indoors for their own safety.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has declared a state of emergency and has launched dozens of refrigeration centers across the city to help protect locals.

The National Weather Service has also issued a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Wednesday in Boston, forecasting the heat index to more than 100 degrees.

Jackie Bray, commissioner of New York’s Homeland Security and Emergency Services Department, has urged residents to stay indoors rather than risk the “dangerous” heat wave.

She urged the move so that locals can avoid “dangerous conditions that can lead to heat stress and illness.”

New York will hit 97 degrees while California’s Death Valley will hit a scorching 118 degrees and Las Vegas is estimated to rise to at least 113 degrees.

At least a third of the U.S. population has received heat advice and extreme heat warnings, and about 265 million people will see temperatures above 90 degrees in the coming days.

A “heat dome” covering the land is largely due to a sustained high pressure area trapping heat over an area.

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