Weekly Climate and Clean Air Compact News Roundup, August 20, 2021

Below are highlights from climate and clean air news from Utah for the week of August 20, 2021.

  • The Senate just passed the bipartisan “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” which includes significant new national investments in energy grid infrastructure, clean energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and resiliency projects. See a summary of the Senate infrastructure bill here: https://utahcleanenergy.org/infrastructure/
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Sixth Assessment, which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called a “code red for humanity.” The Deseret News discussed how the report shows that Utah and the American West needs to prepare for climate change. “As we have said before, the time for using global climate change as a political weapon is over. Anyone watching the struggling agriculture industry or listening to nervous water managers in Utah as they eye shrinking reservoirs knows the situation is dire, whatever one chooses to call it.” See the editorial at https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2021/8/10/22617520/drought-climate-change-american-west-ipcc-report-innovation-needed-un

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