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Source: NCA

The National Climate Assessment – reportedly the most detailed yet – finds widespread climate impacts and says that while actions are underway to mitigate the effects and adapt to new conditions, these efforts are likely insufficient to avoid some of the most extremely negative consequences associated with anthropogenic global warming.

“A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences,” according to the website.

Elizabeth Shogren said this about the assessment in a report filed with NPR’s Newscast unit:

“Climate change already disrupts key parts of our economy — energy, transportation, agriculture and water supply.” – NPR

And here is a “Key Message” directly from the Infrastructure section of the NCA:

“Climate change and its impacts threaten the well-being of urban residents in all U.S. regions. Essential infrastructure systems such as water, energy supply, and transportation will increasingly be compromised by interrelated climate change impacts. The nation’s economy, security, and culture all depend on the resilience of urban infrastructure systems.” National Climate Assessment

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Within this century, 2,400 miles of major roadway are projected to be inundated by sea level rise in the Gulf Coast region. The map shows roadways at risk in the event of a sea level rise of about 4 feet, which is within the range of projections for this region in this century. In total, 24% of interstate highway miles and 28% of secondary road miles in the Gulf Coast region are at elevations below 4 feet. (Figure source: Kafalenos et al. 20088).

This graphic illustrates roads that would be inundated by a 4ft sea level increase, but this region is also the heart of the country’s petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries, the relocation of which would likely run into the trillions of dollars.

Here are the assessment’s findings with regard to energy:

“The U.S. energy system provides a secure supply of energy with only occasional interruptions. However, projected impacts of climate change will increase energy use in the summer and pose additional risks to reliability. Extreme weather events and water shortages are already interrupting energy supply and impacts are expected to increase in the future. Most vulnerabilities and risks to energy supply and use are unique to local situations; others are national in scope.” …

Increases in average temperatures and high temperature extremes are expected to lead to increasing demands for electricity for cooling in every U.S. region. Virtually all cooling load is handled by the electrical grid. In order to meet increased demands for peak electricity, additional generating and distribution facilities will be needed, or demand will have to be managed through a variety of mechanisms. Electricity at peak demand typically is more expensive to supply than at average demand.

In addition to being vulnerable to the effects of climate change, electricity generation is a major source of the heat-trapping gases that contribute to climate change. As a result, regulatory or policy efforts aimed at reducing emissions would also affect the energy supply system. – NCA

 

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  • Scientist5

    Here is what these high powered academics, gullible politicians and environmental activists must do immediately to affect climate change – I believe they actually mean global warming. First, take control of the tectonic plates that continue to drift over the planet’s surface – they are building mountains that deflect wind currents. They also are changing the direction and flows of ocean currents. A thousand or so years will be needed to affect their actions – maybe even a million years. How about doing something about volcanic eruptions? Their eruptions need to be increased considerably so we can cool the Earth’s atmosphere. Oh, but his will bring on aridity. Secondly, take on the task of altering and controlling the declination of the Earth’s axis, and its wobble. A little more difficult will be altering the orbit around the sun. Another minor task is developing a method of controlling sunspot activity. What do we do if we are struck by a large meteor such as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous – and it also took out most of the other creatures. HOWEVER, IT ALSO COOLED THE PLANET.

    History repeats itself – and so do the Earth’s cycles. Over and over and over for several billion years. Every major extinction of life resulted from COLD and not HEAT.

    Research grants should be given on practical problems, rather than developing such idiotic ideas as breeding chickens to withstand the predicted large increase in temperature – it might surprise these loons that chickens are now withstanding over 100 degree plus temperatures in many parts of the US already. I worked a geologist in Saudi Arabia in 1949-50. My company car was a 1948 Ford and was not air conditioned – we saw temperatures in the 125-135 degree range. By the way I saw desert animals and birds that had no difficulty in living in the Rub’ al Khali. All the heat was DRY heat – we drank a lot of water; and by the way we survived and had no ill effects. LET’S GET REAL!