Currently in Chicago — June 24th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Hot on Friday

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Hot Friday Then Gradually Cooling
  2. Some Scattered Showers Saturday
  3. Sliding Into The 70s For Highs Monday

Turning the heat back up a notch on Friday, as we hit highs in the lower 90s but about 10°F cooler lakeside. We’ll start the day off sunny before a few clouds pop up in the afternoon. Some scattered showers Friday night and Saturday, but not a washout, with many dry hours. Cooling into the upper 80s Saturday, then falling into the lower 80s Sunday, but the coolest day, with highs sliding into the 70s, will be Monday. We warm back up to a more seasonable warmth Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the middle 80s. Plenty of June sunshine Sunday through the middle of next week.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

The Biden Administration is currently weighing the relative risks of banning new offshore oil and gas leases, according to the New York Times. The Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Act (OCSLA) is renewed every five years and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland expects to have a draft ready by the end of June.

The argument for expanding oil and gas leases at the moment is fairly nonsensical. Inflation is high, gas prices are exorbitant, and Democrats are worried that a ban will hurt them in the polls, but issuing new licenses will do essentially nothing to alleviate the burden on consumers. It takes years to drill, man, and bring an oil rig online — by the time these new leases bear fruit, the United States should be well on its way to transitioning to clean energy sources.

The IPCC has repeatedly warned that countries need to move away from fossil fuels in order to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. The oil and gas industry currently has 11 million acres leased offshore, most of which are not in use.

Gas prices are high because oil and gas executives are keeping them high out of greed, not because of a scarcity of oil rigs. Should the government issue these new leases in a deranged gesture towards bipartisanship, it will be nearly impossible for us to keep warming under 1.5°C.