During the year, we have a full view of the future. Even before Ida, we had polar rotations that threatened to overload the grid, disrupted the hydroelectric power plant, and slowed gas production. This beating is part of a long-term trend led by climate change – which will only get worse if we continue to pollute carbon offsets.
According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, this is a red code for humanity. But fortunately, the Binden administration plans to respond – making significant investments necessary to protect our infrastructure from the effects of climate change and placing our country in a clean energy economy.
While some may question the limits of the president’s historical ideas, we should weigh their concerns along with the high cost of cleaning after severe weather events. In the 1980’s, post-disaster cleanliness cost some $ 18 billion a year. Then the extreme weather intensified, so the costs became balloons. During the 1990’s, we spent about $ 27 billion a year on cleaning. In the 2000s, it cost about $ 52 billion a year. In 2010, cleaning costs exploded to $ 81 billion. Then, over the last five years, we spent a whopping $ 121 billion a year to clean up after my mother’s anger.
It is not easy for us to stay in this situation.
When these climate catastrophes hit the energy system, they disrupt businesses, put a strain on state and local government budgets, and damage the health and wealth of American families across the country. This summer, more than 100 million Americans were on heat warnings. And low-income Americans — in black, Latino, and indigenous communities — suffer the most direct and immediate damage. In Louisiana and Mississippi, they were unable to release the three-digit heat pending pace of energy recovery.
To keep the American people safe, we need to build resilience to these hurricanes – first, it will need more transmission lines to carry long-distance power. This reduces the risk of power outages in the community during a local power outage.
We need to make sure that the new infrastructure we are building will be able to withstand the effects of climate change. That means, for example, turning wooden poles into reinforced concrete, and, where it makes sense, laying lines underground. In response to the forest fire, Pacific Gas and Electric is working to bury 10,000 miles of power lines. We can repeat that effort in key areas that are most vulnerable to severe weather.
True, additional lines, strong poles, and strategic subsoils do not prevent every weather disaster from being knocked out or offline – but we can minimize disruptions in distributed clean energy systems.
Although much of New Orleans is in the dark, residents of St. Peter’s apartments have access to electricity for eight hours a day due to the complex roof solar panels and on-site battery storage. We need to connect more important infrastructure and buildings to such fast-moving micrograms that can go faster on the Internet and meet local needs. As we work to complete thousands of miles of transmission upgrades, cities and states can take immediate action to deploy and mobilize these small-scale distributed power projects.
But even if we allow these natural disasters to become more destructive and commonplace, even these measures will be ineffective. The only way to truly strengthen the grid over long distances and to protect our communities is to build a clean energy economy. Many of the technologies we need to reach a zero-emission future — such as solar power — have already been proven, and large-scale deployment will create more jobs. A.D. If we push for 40% solar power by 2035, we will create 1.5 million jobs without increasing energy costs. Other renewable energy technologies, such as battery storage and clean hydrogen fuel cells, have the potential to be opened up by federal investment.
The good news is that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement before Congress includes $ 27 billion in essential transmission investments – including the construction of transmission towers and transmission lines underground, and utility bills in broadband and EV charging units.
President Biden’s second rebuilding agenda – also known as reconciliation – provides an opportunity to put those transmission improvements on a clean energy base. As members of Congress go through the process of writing this bill, they can include measures such as additional tax credit and support technologies such as micro-grids, monitoring clean energy projects, blocking state and local government subsidies, and including clean electricity performance. Program – A combination of policies that will put our country on the right track to deal with climate change.
Grid challenges can be difficult, but the decisions we make are not difficult. As they worsen, we can continue to recover from air pollution and billions of dollars to recover from severe weather disasters: leaving us in an endless cycle of destruction, disruption and reconstruction. Or we can invest in building a stronger, cleaner energy system that will eventually help us cope with the climate crisis by creating millions of jobs. The right choice cannot be clearer.