EXTREME WEATHER SHOWS WHY WE NEED ALL THE CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENTS IN THE AMERICAN JOBS PLAN

NEW POLLING: 67% of Voters, Including A Majority Of Independents, Support Investing In Clean Energy, Modernizing The Electricity Grid, Improving Reliability, And Funding New Research

Global warming is making extreme weather events more common, and our lack of climate resilient infrastructure is putting Americans lives at risk. 

  • According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, extreme weather and climate-related events are expected to increase in frequency and intensity, in turn increasing the risk of infrastructure failure and disruption.
  • Since the 1970s and 1980s, climate scientists have warned that global warming would make heat waves more frequent, long-lasting and intense. [The Washington Post, 6/28/21]
  • Already, there are 12,000 premature deaths annually in the United States due to heat.
  • Major electrical failures in the United States have increased by more than 60% over the most recent 5 year reporting period.
“A widespread blackout during an intense heat wave may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine…We find that millions are at risk. Not years in the future, but this summer.” 
— Brian Stone Jr., professor at the
School of City & Regional Planning at
Georgia Institute of Technology
As weather becomes more extreme due to a lack of action to combat climate change, the nation will face increased risks of potentially catastrophic infrastructure failures and blackouts.
Reuters: Texas power grid faces summer having changed little from February freeze
Texas’s grid operator frightened residents last week when it said it had very little reserves to cover demand spiking as temperatures soared. This summer could produce more scary times. In February, the Texas grid, run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), nearly collapsed from several days of frigid weather, exposing its vulnerabilities as weather grows more extreme and power demand rises. ERCOT is already warning its 26 million customers to conserve energy, and experts say people should brace for rolling blackouts amid drought and extreme heat.
The New York Times: ‘Conserve Energy’: New York City Begs Residents to Help Avoid Outages
If four days of sweltering temperatures had not already distressed some New Yorkers, the emergency alert that jolted residents’ cellphones on Wednesday afternoon surely did.
Conserve energy: NYC is urging all households and businesses to immediately limit energy usage to prevent power outages as the intense heat continues,” read the alert, which was sent out citywide at 4:15 p.m. “Please avoid the use of energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers and microwaves. Limit unnecessary use of air conditioning.”

It was the first time the city had used such an alert to try to bring down energy usage, officials said, and it came as the city endured its fourth day in a row of high heat and humidity.

Michigan Radio: Flooding strands vehicles, soaks basements across metro Detroit, creates AT&T outages
Tens of thousands of Michiganders are without power Wednesday morning. That’s after storms Tuesday afternoon knocked more homes offline while crews were still working to repair earlier outages.

DTE Energy is reporting more than 56,000 customers without power. The outages are widespread in metro Detroit. There is also a pocket of outages in the lower part of the Thumb.

NPR: The Pacific Northwest Heatwave Is Melting Power Cables And Buckling Roads
Record-breaking temperatures have soared well past 100 degrees across the Pacific Northwest, where the area is trapped beneath a blistering “heat dome.” 

In some places, the heat is so intense it has even melted power cables. In downtown Portland, the Portland Streetcar service shut down on Sunday, posting a picture on Twitter of a power cable with a hole burnt into it.

Pacific Northwest infrastructure is cracking — literally — under the pressure. In Everson, Wash., temperatures have caused the pavement to soften and expand. This can create rutting, buckling, and potholes, particularly in high-traffic areas.

The Bottom Line: In order to bolster our nation’s communities against rising temperatures and extreme weather while combating climate change, we must invest in clean energy infrastructure and technologies through President Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plans.

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