Currently in Chicago — May 12th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Our taste of summer continues

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. More Summer Level Heat
  2. Wind Off Lake Keeps Some Cooler
  3. Wet Start To The Weekend

Feeling just like July for a couple more days, with highs well into the 80s on Thursday and then the lower 80s Friday. Cooler lakeside both days, with highs in the lower to middle 70s near Lake Michigan. Plenty of sunshine both Thursday and Friday. On and off showers and thunderstorms Saturday, as highs slide back into the 70s for everyone. More sun on Sunday as highs continue to slide. Sunday’s highs drop into the upper 60s to lower 70s.

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What you need to know, currently.

Congress is making some halting moves to revive (at least parts?) of President Biden’s doomed Build Back Better plan through budget reconciliation. While passing any meaningful climate legislation before midterms is the country’s best chance at mitigating catastrophe, Democrats have struggled to get their act together.

Robinson Meyer, writing for The Atlantic, noted this week that during Nancy Pelosi’s talk at the Aspen Ideas festival “Susan Goldberg, recently the editor in chief of National Geographic, now a dean at Arizona State University, asked the speaker point-blank whether Democrats were going to pass climate legislation, and Pelosi all but shrugged.”

This new bipartisan push is being led by Senator Joe Manchin, whose vote killed the Build Back Better Act. According to NBC, some Democrats worry Manchin is simply stalling until Congress takes its August recess.

Tell your senators to pass climate legislation now.