Arizona provides a glimpse of the climate action majority Things were red hot in Phoenix, Arizona, last Thursday. At the vote tabulation center of the Maricopa County Elections Department near downtown, a media circus unfolded as right-wing protesters, a couple of them armed, complained about a nonexistent vote-count suppression scandal called Sharpiegate (yes, this is a thing ). By three in the afternoon, the temperature was a withering 99 degrees— the hottest November day in the Valley of the Sun since 1895 . It was the punctuation to a week of heat that was, even by Arizona’s scorching standards, unseasonably uncomfortable. Election Day had a high temperature of 93—12 degrees above average—and in the final hours of ballot casting, the sunset had blazed against the Estrella Mountains on the west side of the desert metropolis. There are a number of reasons why the former conservative stronghold of Arizona is turning blue this fall: The defection of some Republicans swayed by Cindy McCain’s Biden endorsement, an influx of people from California, a civically engaged and politically progressive Mexican American community, and an invigorated Indigenous voting bloc. Let’s add climate change, extreme weather, and worries about long-term sustainability to the list. […]


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