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Brown, a Democrat, said the weather emergency was similar to the Covid-19 pandemic in that its most devastating effects on minority groups and vulnerable populations fell most. “We need to put the voices of blacks, browns and indigenous people at the forefront of our work while we do emergency preparedness,” she said.
Brown also warned that events like the Pacific Northwest heat wave could be a “harbinger of the future” unless politicians address the issue of climate change urgently.
Progressive Democrats in Congress and their external allies have threatened to refuse to support President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposals because climate policy is neglected, making political calculation difficult given the party’s flimsy majority in both the House and Senate.
The issue remains a sensitive issue in Republican politics, even if some corners have warmed to the idea that conservatives must come up with alternative solutions to the problem rather than ignoring it.
“We’re working very hard to help people understand the effects of climate change,” Utah Republican governor Spencer Cox said in Face the Nation on Sunday. “More work is being done, but that’s long term [effort].
Utah is suffering from severe drought conditions across the state, and Cox says a renewed focus on water conservation and other strategies needs to be done to better sustain life and economic opportunities in the area.
Brown also urged federal lawmakers to allow undocumented immigrants to receive certain types of disaster relief.
“That is absolutely unacceptable,” she said. “These families are so much a part of our communities. They are the heart and soul of our culture and the backbone of our economy. They deserve the support and they need it. “