Climate Change: Effects on U.S. Energy

July 17, 2013

As President Obama said in his speech last month, climate change is happening—and the effects are already being felt across the country. Last year was the hottest year on record; the worst drought in generations covered more than half the country; record wildfires swept across western states; and an intensified Superstorm Sandy devastated communities on the East Coast.

The July 11 report U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather examines current and potential future impacts of these climate trends on the U.S. energy sector. Researchers have identified several critical issues, including power-plant disruptions due to drought and the disruption of fuel supplies during severe storms. They’ve also pinpointed potential opportunities that would make our energy infrastructure more resilient to these risks. For the complete story, read the Energy Blog.