What can and should be done about this issue?
Something that this administration has to tackle quite quickly is adaptation. We’ve spent time thinking about and understanding the science and the technological solutions on the energy side to reduce emissions. However, for far too long, we haven’t really actively helped communities or businesses think about what they can do to cope with the changes. It’s not either or anymore. We already know that climate change is happening faster and having impacts that are more severe than we originally thought. We need to very rapidly help communities figure out how to cope with it.
The administration’s focus on building back better, greener and more equitably offers an opportunity to tackle infrastructure, livelihood, energy, AND adaptation, making communities more resilient to everything from sea level rise to changing rainfall and drought patterns to increased storm surge from more powerful hurricanes. We need to think about ways that the country could help companies think about their supply chains and resiliency. That is going to be very important to get right.