New York Daily News on Andrew Cuomo's climate goals New York's governor Andrew Cuomo pens an opinion piece in which he writes that "the denial and deliberation from extremists on both sides about the causes of climate change are distracting us from addressing its inarguable effects," demanding: "We need to act, not simply react." Cuomo goes onto explain how New York needs to prepare. He advocates bolstering infrastructure and reducing the "energy consumption that contributes to climate change — which means, for starters, upgrading our building codes." He also suggests improvements to mass transit, means of communication and the electrical system, concluding that "We will not allow the national paralysis over climate change to stop us from pursuing the necessary path for the future."
ClimateWire on electric grids Sandy made it very evident that the power grid is susceptible when extreme weather hits, and Nathanael Massey enumerates the lessons the storm has brought. One, he writes, "has been the success of smart meters in anticipating and responding to large-scale weather events." Another lesson we can take from Sandy and other storms is that we need to reduce reliance on the grid, and make it stronger not necessarily harder. For instance, "grid hardening" techniques like burying power lines might not be the best solution for all storms.