WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – A new report from NASA and NOAA shows that 2021 is the sixth hottest year on record and the past 10 years the hottest ever on record.
The agencies say the country is dealing with an outbreak, which includes extreme heat waves, larger wildfires and more severe storms.
“It’s due to an increase in the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide,” said Dr. Steven Pawson, a NASA Earth system scientist.
Those greenhouse gases come from using things like coal, gasoline, and diesel. Pawson said hotter global temperatures have real and devastating effects on human lives.
“If we look at the Pacific Northwest, we see extremely hot temperatures – temperatures that have never been recorded before,” he said.
Pawson said the heat also caused devastating wildfires and droughts in the West and led to more severe storms, increasing coastal flooding.
“If not every day, then at high tide,” says Pawson. “Especially in these areas when there are big storms.”
President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan will invest more than $550 billion to transition the country to cleaner, greener energy – however, the plan is unlikely to succeed.
Republicans, such as Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, say the price of Build Back Better will have negative effects.
“Higher taxes, additional spending – things that many accounts will increase inflation,” Scalise said.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) said preventing further global temperature rise is worth the investment so that our children and grandchildren don’t have to deal with worse natural disasters.
“You see it as spending, we see it as an investment,” says Hoyer.
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