“Our thoughts are with the people throughout the south and central US who have been left without power in freezing weather over the past few days — a crisis that has taken at least 20 lives so far and prompted President Biden to declare a state of emergency throughout Texas.
The effects of this ice storm remind us that “once in a generation” extreme weather events are now part of the new normal. This is reminiscent of COVID-19 as a so-called “once in a century” event, when in fact it’s the third coronavirus episode of the 21st century — and we’re only twenty years in. We can no longer take for granted access to reliable electricity — or ignore the need for sustained investment in our energy infrastructure. It’s time for federal, state, and municipal policymakers to join with business leaders to develop a consensus approach to modernizing our energy system as a matter of national urgency. There is no time to waste in developing a program of investment in innovation as the basis of building back better.”
Founder, Energy Futures Initiative
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