Eight Power Sector Takeaways from the Climate Report

Despite increased resilience actions, extreme weather events due to climate change are projected to increasingly threaten the nation’s energy infrastructure, and create fuel availability and demand imbalances, the Trump administration’s sprawling climate report released on November 23 suggests.

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) released by the Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is clear in its premise: Human activity is adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at a rate far greater than it is being removed by natural processes, and the greenhouse gas (GHG) is driving the climate to a warmer and warmer state. “Today, the largest uncertainty in projecting future climate conditions is the level of greenhouse gas emissions going forward,” it says.

While the assessment surveys several observed changes, and evaluates current and future risks aimed to inform decisions as they apply to the economy, infrastructure, the national environment, and human health and well-being, it contains achapter dedicated to climate change issues affecting energy supply, delivery, and demand.

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