To be clear, we don’t know that climate change is what causes tornadoes; Research on the role of climate change in tornado formation and intensity is not as robust as it is for other extreme weather patterns such as droughts, floods, and even hurricanes. But inclement weather is here to stay.
It’s far beyond the strange fact of snow in Hawaii this month, but very little in Denver. Floods and forest fires are becoming more and more serious. Devastation in Kentucky suggests a possible tornado.
The solution for the world is to cut carbon emissions. The solution for Biden, although he has little control over it, includes lower gas prices. It is ironic that the President’s political fortunes depend on facilitating something that can affect the climate.
The coronavirus pandemic – the headline that has consumed Americans for the most part for nearly two years – shows how difficult it is for the government to force behaviors that could lessen the threat. Amid bitter disagreements over the mandate to vaccinate, Americans will have to learn to live with the coronavirus, in part because many will not get vaccinated themselves. Likewise, Americans may have to learn to live with a more unpredictable and dangerous climate because the tough federal system is making it incredibly difficult to deal with.
Biden wants the Environmental Protection Agency to look into the specifics of climate and tornadoes.
“All I know is that widespread weather intensity has some impact as a result of planetary warming and climate change,” Biden said at the White House on Saturday. “The specific impact on these specific hurricanes, I can’t say at this point. I’ll ask the EPA and others to look into that.”
As CNN’s climate research team notes, the short and small scale of tornadoes, along with an extremely clear and unreliable historical record for them, makes the relationship to climate change worse. The long-term human-caused effects have become very difficult to determine.
Criswell said tornadoes happen in December. What’s different in Kentucky is how tornadoes work.
“With this magnitude, I don’t think we’ll ever see an earthquake this late in the year,” she said. “But it’s also historic – even the severity and length of time these tornadoes stay on the ground is unprecedented.”
A plan with no votes yet
Many elements of Biden’s climate agenda are in the Rebuild Better bill, which faces uncertainty on Capitol Hill.
It would take billions of dollars more to subsidize Americans to buy cars and e-bikes.
The climate sections, downsized to the delight of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, are flanked by unrelated social safety net elements that he has yet to support.
Threats to democracy
The perceived squeeze on Americans’ pockets has eclipsed the climate, but there is another distraction in the flash threat to American democracy posed by former President Donald Trump and his allies. he caused.
Latest revelation: Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, said in an email that the National Guard would stand ready to “protect Trump supporters” against the Capitol uprising, according to a disdainful report. usually published on Sunday night. House Select Committee investigating January 6.
The resolution comes after a panel informed Meadows last week that it “had no choice” but to launch criminal proceedings against him because he had decided not to work anymore.
After previously agreeing to cooperate with the committee, Meadows appealed and sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the committee members, asking the federal court to block the enforcement of the subpoenas the committee had issued. for him as well as the subpoenas Verizon issued for his phone. File.
Walk around the Senate
Democrats want to put their massive climate change and safety net bill into law using budget rules.
To control the budget, they push the proposals on a temporary basis and then assume that Americans won’t want to give up the new privilege.
Wherever the evolving form of American government poses obstacles, politicians will eventually find a solution, but whether it will be fast enough to tackle climate change is up to the question. A question has come.