WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks the start of hurricane season, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above-average hurricane season for the seventh consecutive year. This is yet another example of why we need immediate bold climate action.

Climate pollution from Bil Oil is making storms more frequent and intense at an immense cost to millions of Americans and their livelihoods. Last year, hurricanes and tropical storms killed more than one hundred people in the U.S. and caused at least $80.2 billion in damages. The overwhelming majority of this devastation came from Hurricane Ida, a record-breaking storm that left a path of devastation from the Gulf region all the way up to coastal Maine, killing 96 people and raking up an economic toll of $76.5 billion. Ida’s sheer destruction highlights what the future holds if Congress fails to lower the emissions fueling the climate crisis.

Unfortunately, Americans have become all too accustomed to the more destructive and devastating hurricanes driven by the climate crisis. This new reality has driven the groundswell of grassroots support for climate action — in 2020, voters propelled climate champions to the White House and Congress, and now climate is expected to be a top issue in the midterm elections.

With 1 in 3 Americans experiencing extreme weather firsthand in the last two years, public support for climate action is at an all time high. Here is a roundup of recent polling showing how demand for climate action is shaping voters’ attitudes – and why climate could be the decisive issue in November:

Our window to mitigate the worst consequences of the climate crisis is rapidly closing. Congress has the power to protect Americans from the most extreme impacts of climate change, but they must move quickly to drastically cut emissions by expanding clean energy tax credits. Inaction is simply not an option.