On Thursday, a youth activist confronted White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over President Biden’s approval of new coal, oil and gas projects. This is Elise Joshi, executive director of Gen-Z for Change.
Elise Joshi: “Will the administration stop approving new oil and gas projects and align with youth, science and frontline communities, from the North Slope of Alaska to Louisiana?”
Karine Jean-Pierre then proceeded in a defense of the Biden administration before being interrupted again by Joshi.
Elise Joshi: “You have approved multiple projects since then and more at a faster rate than the Trump administration. We need you to act on your campaign promises. Please.”
Unidentified: “Declare a climate emergency!”
In British Columbia, a third firefighter has died battling Canada’s worst wildfire season on record, which has scorched some 30 million acres — an area larger than the nation of Cuba. Millions of Canadians and more than 120 million people across the United States have faced air quality alerts this summer due to smoke from the fires.