Brown, a Democrat, said the weather emergency was similar to the Covid-19 pandemic, in that its most devastating effects fell most severely on minority groups and vulnerable populations. “We need to bring the voices of blacks, browns and indigenous peoples to the forefront of our work in emergency preparedness,” she said.
Brown also warned that events like the Pacific Northwest heat wave could be a “harbinger of things to come” if politicians do not urgently address the issue of climate change.
Progressive Democrats in Congress and their outside allies have threatened to decline support for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposals, fearing climate policy will be harmed, complicating the political calculation given the party’s wiped out majority in the House. House and Senate.
The question remains thorny in Republican politics, even though some corners have warmed to the idea that the Conservatives need to come up with alternative solutions to the problem rather than ignore it.
“We are working very hard to help people understand the impacts of climate change,” Republican Gov. of Utah Spencer Cox said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “There is more work to be done, but it is long term [effort].
Utah is experiencing extreme drought conditions statewide, and Cox says renewed attention is needed to water conservation and other strategies to better support life and economic opportunities in the region. .
Brown also urged federal lawmakers to allow undocumented immigrants to be eligible for certain types of disaster assistance.
“It is absolutely unacceptable,” she said. “These families are such a part of our communities. They are the heart and soul of our culture and the backbone of our economy. They deserve the help and they need it.