The Environmental Protection Agency warns in a new report the climate crisis will impact U.S. communities of color the hardest. The EPA found Black Americans are 40% more likely to live in areas where extreme temperatures will drive up deaths, especially if the world warms by 2 degrees Celsius.
On Thursday, President Biden said Hurricane Ida and western wildfires were yet another reminder that the climate crisis has arrived. But during the same speech, Biden said his Energy Department was authorizing the release of 1.5 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat fuel shortages in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida.
President Joe Biden: “That’s why we’re not waiting to assess the full impact that the storm is going to have on oil production and refineries. We’re moving already, quickly, to increase the availability of gas and easing the pressure on gas prices around the country.”
President Biden is traveling to Louisiana today to tour damage from Hurricane Ida.