America is on new ground.
Washington has abandoned all hope of climate legislation as a result of the record heatwave that is sweeping the country.
Texas has experienced an unprecedented wildfire season, and has had the highest temperature this year.
People flooded the Dallas public library’s entrance as it opened.
Water is given away free of charge to the poor and homeless. These life-saving measures are offered by state public libraries.
“Oh man, it’s tough. It’s tough. Richard, who has been homeless for two-years, says it’s especially difficult for older people.
“This is like a refuge for many people. It’s not only me. Take a look around. Many homeless people are right here, even now.
Heat warnings are currently in effect for more than 100 million Americans in Texas, Oklahoma, and other parts of the southern states.
Texans were asked to conserve water while farmers use more as the area slides into severe drought.
Fort Worth, located around 30 miles west from Dallas, saw America’s hottest temperature at 43C.
The meteorologists at the weather centre in the town warn that climate change is real and will have a major impact on how we live our lives.
Sarah Barnes, a meteorologist, said that “as we continue to witness these records being broken more often I think we will realize that this is definitely concerning.”
“Things won’t get better unless you change.”
Although the US is better equipped to withstand high temperatures than the UK the US’s air conditioner demand is placing a tremendous strain on the power grid.
Texans were asked twice in the past week to reduce their electricity usage as they became increasingly dependent on it.
Residents are still reminiscing about the 2021 winter outage that resulted in power being lost for several days.
Regulators warn that rolling blackouts, which have become a common occurrence in Texas and California, could increase as the summers heat up.
Despite America being one of the largest contributors to global climate change, there isn’t a climate policy that can address the serious issues on the ground.
As soon as he was elected, President Biden joined the Paris climate agreement once again. He had an ambitious agenda that aimed to put America back in the center of global efforts to reduce global warming.
However, Congress voted down last week any hopes of passing climate legislation. Now, Mr Biden says he will take executive action to address climate emergencies.
It was hoped that America would finally get its act together to combat climate change with a new president.
However, this is still very possible despite the intense heatwave and wildfires.