Biden climate adviser: “Texas storm a wake-up call”

March 2, 2021

Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate adviser, called the winter storm that hit Texas a “wake-up call” for the U.S. to build more infrastructure that can withstand extreme weather caused by climate change according to a February 27, 2021 report from The Hill.

McCarthy told The Associated Press in an interview that the winter storm “is not going to be as unusual as people had hoped.”

U.S. Power Grid: Eastern Grid, Western Grid, and ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas). Click image to enlarge map.

“It is going to happen, and we need to be as resilient and working together as much as possible,” McCarthy said. “We need systems of energy that are reliable and resilient as well.″

McCarthy added that more frequent and dangerous storms are likely, telling the news outlet “if we really care about keeping our people working and keeping our kids healthy and giving them a future we’re proud of, then we’re not going to ignore these wake-up calls. We’re going to take action.”

McCarthy told the AP that the storm may cause Texas to connect to the nation’s power grid. She noted that while the storm affected other neighboring states like Oklahoma and Louisiana, they were able to rely on each other.

“I think Texas might … have a real opportunity and probably ought to think about making sure they join with their neighbors in an interstate grid system that allows them flexibility, and that helps them help their neighbors when the time comes,” she told the news outlet.

What this means to you
Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate adviser, called the winter storm that hit Texas a “wake-up call” for the U.S. to build more infrastructure that can withstand extreme weather caused by climate change. She also suggested Texas join with their neighbors in an interstate grid system that allows them flexibility.

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