"Biden Announces Steps to Help Communities Deal With Extreme Heat"

"The measures include protections for workers and funds for better weather prediction, but they are unlikely to satisfy activists who have pushed the president to do more to combat climate change."

"President Biden directly linked recent record heat waves with climate change on Thursday and announced new measures aimed at helping communities endure extreme weather, as rising temperatures scorch much of the country and amplify alarms about global warming.

The announcement came as the National Weather Service warned that temperatures in the nation’s capital could hit triple digits for the first time in nearly seven years, and the month of July is on track to be Earth’s warmest on record.

“Even those who deny we are in a climate crisis can’t deny the impact extreme heat is having on Americans,” Mr. Biden said, citing examples like a woman in Phoenix who fell out of a wheelchair and received third-degree burns after five minutes on the ground.

Calling heat extremes “the No. 1 weather-related killer,” responsible for about 600 deaths in the United States annually, Mr. Biden announced new protections for workers who are most vulnerable to heat deaths, funding to improve weather prediction and grants to help ensure clean drinking water across the West."

Erica L. Green and Lisa Friedman report for the New York Times July 27, 2023.


"Biden Seeks Heat Hazard Alert, Provides $1 Billion To Plant Trees" (Reuters)

"Biden Acts To Protect Workers As Temperatures Soar In Record-Setting July" (Reuters)

"Biden Administration To Bolster Enforcement Of Heat Safety Protections For Workers" (The Hill)

"As The Country Scorches, Biden Calls Climate Change Undeniable" (The Hill)

"Biden Looks To Provide Relief From Extreme Heat As Record High Temperatures Persist Across The US" (AP)

"As Extreme Heat Sweeps The U.S., Biden Warns That States Must Act To Protect Workers" (States Newsroom)

Source: NYTimes, 07/28/2023