The weather, currently.
Takeaways for Chicago's weather:
1. Dry One Day, Showers The Next
2. Relatively Cool Pattern Continues
3. Wind Off Lake Through Weekend
A dry Tuesday with more clouds than sun and highs only in the lower 70s or about five degrees below average. Cooler lakeside with a wind off the lake holding highs into the 60s not just Tuesday but through the weekend. Looks like a wet Wednesday with occasional showers and a few scattered thunderstorms. Lower 70s for highs Wednesday and then upper 70s with more sun on Thursday. On & off showers Friday with lower 70s then drying out for the weekend.
What you need to know, currently.
It’s a big day for climate policy in America! For the first time, President Biden has declared climate change-related national emergencies.
President Biden called on the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate the production for clean energy, the White House announced Monday. Heat pumps, solar panel parts and equipment to make and use electricity-generated fuels building insulation and infrastructure for the power grid, are just a few things covered under DPA. All of which will work together to better regulate climate impacts in buildings.
The Biden administration wishes to increase solar energy to mitigate the effects of climate change. At the same time, it wants to use trade protectionism to avoid foreign competition and is pushing for things like solar panels to be produced in the United States.
So, the administration has ordered a two-year tariff exemption on solar panels imported from Southeast Asian countries to push Americans to consider green alternatives as energy as gas prices continue to rise.
Hopefully this federal support leads to more concrete steps to solve both the solar problem and in turn, the climate crisis.
— Aarohi Sheth