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The Morning After: President Biden's plan to expand offshore wind farms

It's the President's latest action in the face of climate change.

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Mat Smith
July 21, 2022 7:15 AM
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President Biden is unveiling further measures to combat climate change, and his latest efforts are aimed at addressing incoming environmental crises. The President has outlined a string of executive actions that include the first wind energy areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The 700,000 acres could generate enough offshore wind power to supply over 3 million homes.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also unveiled $2.3 billion in funding to bolster resilience against heat waves, wildfires and other climate change-related disasters. This will expand the use of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for air conditioning, community cooling centers and other resources to fight extreme heat.

These measures come on top of other initiatives from Biden, who has devoted billions of dollars to clean energy projects, outlined plans for a national EV charging network and pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

– Mat Smith

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