Widespread power outages and energy distribution failures in Texas, where a winter storm has caused seriously disrupted life and commerce, should serve as a stark indicator that climate change is real and the United States woefully unprepared to deal with its it, said environmental activist Lisa McCormick.
“The extreme winter weather conditions in Texas knocked out water and power, leaving residents cold and isolated,” said McCormick, who said burning fossil fuels has damaged the atmosphere.
“This should serve as a wake up call to the world, because continued inaction on climate change is a threat to millions of Americans,” said McCormick, who has championed a transition to a clean energy economy.
One Texas woman was told she’d have to pay $3,000 for a plumber to just look at her busted pipe situation and another couple can’t even get on a waitlist for a repairman to look at theirs. https://t.co/QbAs0Lc1u0
“Things are going to get worse unless we take revolutionary action,” said McCormick. “When that happens, there won’t be anyone to call, there won’t be a way to fix it, and there won’t be anywhere else to go where you can escape the planetary disaster.”
White House homeland security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall said the disaster in Texas represents the kind of emergency that the climate crisis will repeat unless carbon emissions are reduced.
“The extreme weather events that we’re experiencing this week across the central, southern and now the eastern United States do yet again demonstrate to us that climate change is real, and it’s happening now, and we’re not adequately prepared for it,” said Sherwood-Randall, who also serves as deputy national security advisor.
“Power grids across our country, particularly in Texas, are overloaded by the demands that are placed on them under these circumstances, and the infrastructure is not built to withstand these extreme conditions,” the White House advisor added.
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