On June 29th, a string of powerful thunderstorms rolled through the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. To date, the death toll sits at 27, and hundreds of thousands remain without power during one of the (and potentially THE) hottest summers on record.
Serious questions arise as to how much power companies can be held responsible, as natural events are out of anyone’s control. But there is no doubt that governments—federal, state and local—need to implement better contingency plans for the future. Damage from extreme weather events has increased sharply over the past decade in the US, especially in the Midwest, South, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Tornados have wiped entire towns off the map. Hurricanes have brought proud cities to their knees. Perhaps these were just random events, cruel moments of chance for which the only remedy is prayer. If you think this, it’s time to wake up.
“Global warming” has become a media buzzword and a colloquialism that portrays understanding of climate science that few actually have. Technically, global warming is a misnomer, as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change predictions project multiple regional temperatures dropping over the next century or more. Hot and dry areas will get hotter and drier, and the reverse is true as well. Drought has caused tens of billions of dollars worth of economic damage (mainly in crop loss and higher prices) over the past year alone, if not more. And there is scientific consensus that higher temperatures, especially higher sea temperatures, will lead to stronger and more frequent storms, causing further devastation and economic harm.
The idea that citizens “vote with their wallets” is commonly tossed around. But many of those who claim to do this reject climate change as some sort of elaborate hoax, cooked up by a government seeking to control every aspect of life. These folks are voting against their wallets, and against the best interest of the country they so often hold religiously close. If you have an American flag tattooed on you, you should be raising your voice for mitigation and prevention of climate change. If you are sweltering in central Maryland or Virginia with an air conditioning unit rendered useless by the mass power outage caused by recent storms, the same holds.
UGE is doing its part to fight against rising emissions by empowering the public and commercial sectors to take clean energy production into their own hands. Our Battery Back-Up capability will, when paired with our renewable energy solutions, keep a customer’s power on even when the grid is down. Don’t wait until disaster strikes again. An investment in renewable energy is long-term, offering security to your children and grandchildren. So is a vote for environmental conservation and active measures to combat climate change.
Written by Nicholas DePaul