US energy supplies will likely face more severe disruptions because of climate change and extreme weather, which have already caused blackouts and lowered production at power plants, warns a new government report, reports Wendy Koch at USA Today. What’s driving these vulnerabilities? Rising temperatures, which are resulting in sea level rise, and more extreme drought, heat waves, storms and wildfires, says the US Department of Energy. “It (climate change) is a very serious problem and it will get worse,” says Jonathan Pershing, who oversaw the report’s development. While impacts will vary by region, “no part of the country is immune,” he says. He adds that climate change is exacerbating extreme events. “Sea level rise made Sandy worse,” Pershing says, noting that it intensified flooding. The storm took down power lines, damaged power plants and created large power outages. The report follows the Obama’s administration announced goals to cut heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. The DOE report illustrates why such reductions are needed, noting that coastal power plants are threatened by sea level rise, and power lines operate less efficiently in higher temperatures.
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