The Temperature Is Too Damn High: Biden Releases Plan To Protect Workers and Communities

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A young girl plays on the sand by the river in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, July 2, 2024. Swaths of California sweltered Tuesday, and things were only expected to get worse during the Fourth of July holiday week for parts of the United States with nearly 90 million people under heat alerts. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
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As extreme heatwaves and other severe weather events sweep across the nation, President Biden has announced new measures to protect workers and communities. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing a new rule to safeguard workers from excessive heat, mandating breaks, access to shade and water, and heat illness training.

Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding nearly $1 billion for projects to reduce heat and flood risks. Biden’s plan also includes $1 billion for urban green spaces to cool cities and $14 billion to improve power grid resilience.

An air tanker drops retardant behind a home while battling the Toll Fire near Calistoga, Calif., Tuesday, July 2, 2024. An extended heat wave blanketing Northern California has resulted in red flag fire warnings and power shutoffs. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report detailing climate change impacts, such as longer heat waves. Additionally, Biden announced the Global Summit on Extreme Heat to unite leaders in addressing these challenges.

These actions come as millions of Americans face record-breaking temperatures. With Republicans criticized for denying climate change, Biden pushes forward with the most ambitious climate agenda in U.S. history.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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