|Girding for the Future|
|Written by Gary|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 17:04|
While I am not quite prepared to join others in pointing to any one particular storm as evidence (or lack thereof) of climate change, I do think that the recent derecho that slammed our region last week is a sign of the kind of climate future we can expect.
Scientists tell us that as the climate warms, we can expect more frequent and more severe storms. This can mean massive blizzards, hurricanes, and yes, derecho’s. That’s why I echo Governor O’Malley and others who are calling for the utilities to bury some or all of their power lines, and to focus more on reliability. I also agree with O’Malley’s contention that the long term solution is a broader switch to clean, renewable energy. We have to focus our R&D efforts on further developing distributed generation and energy storage, so that we are less reliant on an antiquated and already stressed grid.
All this is possible and necessary now that we have missed the first chance to avoid initial impacts from climate change. Hopefully, our elected officials, business leaders, and most importantly you and me, through our collective decision making, can make the necessary changes to achieve a cleaner, greener future for us all.
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