The weather, currently.
We did it, folks! We broke the record! This is now the hottest and longest heatwave in the history of California. And we’re still on our historic run, pushing our power grid to the brink, as Thursday and Friday continue the trend. Yesterday, Currently shared our extreme heat explainer below my weather report, but I’m linking it again in case you didn’t scroll further.
Remember how I asked if it always gets worse before it gets better? Well, sadly, Thursday’s heat took that rhetorical question seriously. We’re looking at highs of 102°F downtown, with brewing humidity pushing the heat index up to 106°F. Stay indoors if you can. I basked in frigid air conditioning to see Jaws, which has been rereleased in theaters, and its cinematic summer was much more preferable to the real inferno we’ve been living in. You’ll get a temperature controlled climate and a Hollywood masterpiece, a real bang for your buck.
What you need to know, currently.
Anti-pipeline activists will converge in Washington D.C. this Thursday in an effort to convince lawmakers to halt the Mountain Valley Pipeline — a pet project of Senator Joe Manchin, that was revived as part of the deal brokered to pass the Inflation Reduction Act.
The methane pipeline would cross 303 miles of mountainous, landslide-prone terrain and pass through several areas where a potential accident could severely affect residents’ drinking water. Landslides are a relatively common cause of pipeline explosions in Appalachia and building regulations are lax.
"No one is really saying, ‘We’ve looked at this and this line is safe,’" Rick Kuprewicz, a chemical engineer who worked on pipelines before going into safety consulting, told E&E News in 2019. "The system favors rushing."
What you can do, currently.