How will Biden’s environmental plan have an effect on Tucson?
President Joe Biden signed executive measures to combat climate change on Wednesday.
It could mean Tucson is ahead of the curve in terms of hurricane season, but it could also mean we’re paying more at the pump.
“We have waited too long to deal with this climate crisis. We can’t wait any longer, ”said Biden during a press conference.
One of the actions taken by the President is the fight against greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Jo Muller, associate professor of paleoclimatology at The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University, said this could warm the atmosphere and, in turn, warm ocean surfaces and lead to more intense hurricanes.
“We had a hurricane season in 2017 that cost the US over $ 250 billion,” she said.
Müller believes that if we invest in the climate crisis now, it will pay off in the long run between natural disasters and comfort for the animals.
“Your personal expenses with insurance and air conditioning alone are just two things Floridians need to think about for years to come,” she said.
“Today’s ordinance also instructs the Interior Minister to stop awarding new oil and gas leases on public land and offshore waters if possible,” said Biden.
Ned Bowman, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association, said while most of the drilling is being done on private land, “I think gasoline prices will go back up towards the $ 4 mark.”
Biden is also pushing for more electric cars, starting with the federal fleet.
“The federal government, I think it might work for them … but if you take to the streets, like when I’m driving from Flagstaff to Naples, the electric vehicle wouldn’t get me all the way down,” Bowman said.
According to the EPA, burning fossil fuels for power, heat and transportation is the largest source of human greenhouse gas emissions.
Biden wants that to drop to zero by the middle of the century.