As the planet cooks, the climate stalls as a political issue

Summers in Maricopa County, Arizona, have become unbearable at times, Kyle Hawkinson said Friday. Smog and haze weighed heavily on Phoenix, and residents braced for fire season, when the heat and air pollution would only get worse. Climate change, he said, is at least partly responsible.

But when Hawkinson, a 24-year-old cashier, voted for Joe Biden in 2020, the weather wasn’t really a factor in his choice, he said. As for the vote in November, when the Arizona governor’s mansion and one of the state’s Senate seats are on the line, “it’s going to be a big maybe,” he said. said, adding, “Climate change will always be an issue. It’s just a given. Honestly, there’s not much our leaders in the country can do.”

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