Climate Change Will Cause More Energy Breakdowns, U.S. Warns

The na­tion’s en­tire en­ergy sys­tem is vul­ner­a­ble to in­creas­ing­ly se­vere and cost­ly weath­er events driven by cli­mate change, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the De­part­ment of En­ergy to be pub­lished on Thurs­day.

The black­outs and oth­er en­ergy dis­rup­tions of Hur­ri­cane Sandy were just a fore­taste, the re­port says. Ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try’s en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture — oil wells, hy­dro­elec­tric dams, nu­clear pow­er plants — will be stressed in com­ing years by more in­tense storms, ris­ing seas, high­er tem­per­a­tures and more fre­quent droughts.

The ef­fects are al­ready be­ing felt…


NY Times

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