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Climate Change and Power Blackouts Are Related — Here’s What You Need to Know

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Perhaps you are already familiar with the ways climate change is creating extreme weather conditions and supply chain shortages, but did you know that power blackouts are related to climate change as well? Here’s what you need to know about climate change, blackouts , and how we can work to prevent more blackouts in the future. According to a Department of Energy report on electrical grid reliability, 90 percent of power outages in the U.S. are due to failures in electrical distribution systems, typically due to weather damage to poles or wires. The most common way that electrical poles or wires are downed is due to extreme weather events, such as heat waves, blizzards, thunderstorms, and hurricanes.

The growing number of extreme weather events due to climate change only further jeopardizes the current electrical systems in place. The Department of Energy says these extreme weather events have been “principal contributors” to blackouts. According to Climate Nexus , power grid issues dating back to 2011 show that fossil fuels, which frequently run power grids, are not immune to extreme weather. To no one’s surprise, fossil fuels are also part of the issue. A 2018 National Climate Assessment report suggests that “Flooding […]

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