Arizona is currently the fourth-fastest warming state in the country based on warming rates since 1970, and averages more than 50 dangerous heat days a year, the second highest in the nation.

“More than 200,000 people living in Arizona are critically vulnerable to extreme heat. We must stop this threat that unchecked will produce 80 dangerous heat days a year by 2050. While Phoenix set a goal to reach net-zero by 2050, and we have targets for electric transportation, it’s clear additional support from the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act will accelerate our transition from dirty fossil fuels that are the root cause of extreme heat,” said Yassamin Ansari,  Phoenix City Councilwoman, EOPA National Leadership Council. “Additionally employment opportunities in clean energy, renewable manufacturing, infrastructure revitalization, and a Civilian Climate Corps would grow union jobs, and provide Phoenix with a substantial economic boost. It’s time to build back better.”

The BBBA’s Civilian Climate Corps would create hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs to help secure a stable climate for all. CCC would build healthy and safe communities that are resilient to storms and floods, expand access to renewable energy, weatherize buildings and install electric vehicle charging stations.

Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari

More about Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari:

Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari is the youngest woman ever elected in Phoenix City Council history and the first Iranian-American elected to public office in the state of Arizona. She is an Arizona native, daughter of immigrants, and a graduate of Stanford and Cambridge universities. She’s dedicated her career to finding solutions to critical issues such as climate change, air pollution and public health, most recently as a senior policy advisor at the United Nations. In 2020, her policy work received recognition when she was named to the Forbes ’30 under 30′ list in Law and Policy.

Ansari is ready to take impactful action at home in the city she loves. Her priorities include: leading District 7 residents safely and stronger out of the pandemic, expanding affordable housing, keeping neighborhoods safe, bringing high-quality jobs to the area, and ensuring clean air and water are accessible to all.

Phoenix is the fifth-largest and fastest-growing city in the United States. Ansari is determined to build sustainable, equitable communities that serve future generations.