Biden addresses extreme summer temperatures as Americans face heat wave

 July 28, 2023

President Joe Biden addressed soaring temperatures nationwide on Thursday as Americans face serious heat situations.

Biden addressed environmental investments and a focus on grants to the Department of the Interior to improve the nation's water supply.

The dangerous situation

"Extreme heat kills more people than any other type of weather, causing heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke if precautions are not taken. Democrats have called on Biden to issue new worker restrictions to protect them from extreme heat," the Washington Examiner reported.

"More than a third of the United States is under a deadly heat wave, with hot weather or extreme heat emergencies issued for 120 million people across 27 states," it added.

Biden's remarks

"I don't think anybody can deny the impact of climate change anymore," Biden said.

"The construction workers who literally risked their lives working all day in blazing heat, and in some places don't even have a right to take a water break, that's outrageous," he added.

Record highs

"The actions come as nearly 40% of the U.S. population faces heat advisories, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures have already scorched the Southwest this month, and more heat is expected in the Midwest and the Northeast in the coming days," the Associated Press reported.

"Washington won’t be spared, and the heat index in the capital could reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 43 degrees Celsius on Friday," it added.

Off the coast of Miami, Florida, ocean temperatures have reached 100 degrees, turning the water into a hot tub. In Phoenix, the city continues to set records for consecutive days of 110 degrees or higher, now in double digits.

There is certainly debate over whether the current heat wave is related to climate change or not, but it's clear that the temperatures are dangerous for many, pointing to the need to address the concerns to protect those most in danger.

Some cities are offering cooling centers while others are working to offer temporary cool spaces for the homeless as cities seek to avoid disasters related to heat-related illnesses.

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