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Biden: a climate “emergency”

CLIMATE CHANGE is an emergency, said President Joe Biden on Wednesday (Shutterstock).

Calling climate change an “emergency,” President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced some measures on this issue and promised more action soon.

“Let me be clear,” he said, according to The Associated Press, “climate change is an emergency.” The executive orders he announced included spending $2.3 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities to response to the steep increases in temperatures in some areas. 

He will also seek to boost the use of renewable energy as a way to move away from the burning of fossil fuels, which are believed by scientists to contribute to global warming and “extreme weather.”

Biden has encountered some resistance from Congress, including key Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), but vows that “I will not take no for an answer.”

Senators plan electors law change

THE UNSUPPORTED theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen was behind efforts to influence election officials to change the result (Wikipedia).

Proposed new laws aimed at avoiding the attempted manipulation of the 2022 presidential election results have been agreed to by a group of Democratic and Republican senators.

The New York Times reports that the group – seven Democrats and nine Republicans – has reached consensus on changes in the 1887 Electoral Count act. Among the new measures are the stipulation that the vice president has no power to affect the results as reported by the states, and makes it a federal offense to make threats against or attempt manipulation of election officials.

Challenges to the 2020 Electoral College count contributed to the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Sports: No games today, fans

Major League Baseball’s All-Star break means no games today.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (60-30) return to action on Thursday hosting the San Francisco Giants (48-43). Mitch White (1-2) is scheduled to make the start for the home team.

As for the Los Angeles Angels (39-53), they will resume on Friday in Georgia playing the Atlanta Braves (56-38).

Shohei Ohtani (9-4) will take the mound for the Halos.

Weather: Halfway summer continues

Summer-like temperatures and springlike skies continue in the West Orange County area for the coming week. Temperatures will be in the low 80s and high 70s while partly cloudy conditions persist. The forecast for Thursday is for a high of 82 (overnight low of 65). Friday should be slightly cooler (81/65) and Saturday brings us back to 82. A cooling trend starts on Sunday (80/63).

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