House Democrats prod Senate, Biden on climate legislation


“In 2020, losses from hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and other climate-related disasters will cost our nation $95 billion,” the group said in a letter Thursday morning. “For our businesses, these disasters are causing severe disruptions in our supply chains, employee displacement, production and distribution disruptions, and a host of other impacts,” the letter reads. “Our businesses are already severely impacted by climate change, which will only get worse if no action is taken.”

Companies that signed the letter include Patagonia, Pirelli Tire North America, ski companies Arapahoe Basin and Aspen Skiing Co., REI Co-op, utility company Seattle City Light, homewares maker Seventh Generation and Clif Bar & Co .

Climate scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a briefing Thursday that the global temperature from January to May this year was the sixth-highest on record, dating back to 1880.

“There is a 99 percent chance that 2022 will be one of the 10 warmest years on record,” said Karin Gleason, climatologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

“About 44.5 percent of the contiguous United States is currently experiencing some degree of drought,” Gleason said. “That’s actually just more than 9 percent down from early May.”


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