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Baby, it’s hot outside!

If you think things have felt a little warmer in 2019 in general, and this summer in particular, it’s because they have been.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that the average daily global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the average July day in the 20th Century. In fact, it was the hottest July in the 140 years such records have been kept.

NOAA’s monthly global climate report for July goes on to add this scary detail: “Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005 — with the last five years ranking as the five hottest. Last month was also the 43rd consecutive July and 415th consecutive month with above-average global temperatures.”

Oh, and just for good measure, the same report noted that: “Record-low sea ice: Average Arctic sea ice set a record low for July, running 19.8 percent below average — surpassing the previous historic low of July 2012. Average Antarctic sea-ice coverage was 4.3 percent below the 1981-2010 average, making it the smallest for July in the 41-year record.” 

Meanwhile here in Kahului, Weather Underground reports we broke the highest marks on record for average daily temperatures in both June and July. They also note the “97 degrees on July 29 ties the all-time heat record last set on Aug. 22, 2015, and Aug. 31, 1994. This is also a contender for the highest reliably measured temperature in Hawaiian climate records.”

So, as our planet heats, what is our federal government doing? Well, it is currently dismantling Environmental Protection Agency regulations at a record pace. Why, we’ve even announced plans to sue four automobile companies that had the nerve to say they were going to ignore the fed’s loosening of emission standards and comply with California’s more stringent regulations. Apparently, this is an antitrust violation.

By the way, 17 states (and the District of Columbia) are suing the federal government for loosening those emission standards.

And, of course, the feds are reducing — or eliminating — tax incentives for citizens to switch to sustainable and cleaner sources of energy to power your house or auto.

It seems our federal government does not want to be a participant in saving our ever-heating planet.

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