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Wildfires, deadly heat, drought and flooding show how climate change has “already arrived” in Arizona and action is desperately needed, according to climate and progressive advocates who helped elect

Kyrsten Sinema to represent the state in the Senate.

Many of them are wondering why their senator seems to have “turned her back” on her background in environmental politics and is now blocking

Democrats’ multitrillion-dollar legislation to address climate change.

“The climate crisis is here – it has already arrived in Arizona,” said Vianey Olivarria, a director of Chispa Arizona, the state branch of the League of Conservation Voters, which had endorsed Sinema for senator. “We don’t have a lot of time to waste.”

Sinema is one of two centrist senators – with

Joe Manchin of West Virginia – who have opposed the

Biden administration’s $3.5tn budget bill that contains the bulk of the Democrats’ climate change agenda.

This summer, the earth in parts of Arizona cracked – desiccated by decades of megadrought. But some communities also flooded. Ferocious wildfires have eaten through half a million acres this year. And a prolonged, record-breaking heatwave – supercharged by human-caused climate change – killed dozens in Phoenix and surrounding suburbs.

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Related: Climate advocates who backed Sinema exasperated by blocking of Biden bill

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