Demand a More Climate Resilient Electricity System
Although vital to daily life, our nation's electricity infrastructure is not prepared for the growing risks of global warming. Rising sea levels, drought, extreme heat, wildfires, and flooding pose a big threat to our outdated power grid.
Events like Hurricane Sandy—which caused billions of dollars in damage and left more than eight million residents in 21 states without power—have demonstrated that when the lights go out, it's inconvenient at best and life-threatening at worst.
Thankfully, there are things we can do now to make our electricity system less vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. In addition to upgrading technologies to reduce the likeliness of outages, we can also diversify the electricity mix with more energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. These technologies have a number of benefits that reduce the electricity sector's vulnerability and they help reduce the carbon emissions that are heating up the planet.
Write your governor today and ask what your state is doing to prepare the electricity sector for the impacts of global warming. Urge your governor to conduct a state-wide vulnerability assessment that identifies the risks of extreme weather and climate change to the electricity sector and to increase your state's use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!
Read our report on how climate change puts our electricity at risk.
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Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]