Commentary: I’ve had it up to here. Fire the climate leaders now!

The Texas governor is calling for the resignation of ERCOT leaders in the wake of the frigid temps and subsequent blackouts that ensued. Dangerous cold temps and no electricity are not a combination that anyone should have to endure.

Well you know what? I think we should go higher. Let’s go above the head of the Texas governor and Ercot leaders and call for the resignation of the climate leaders.

I mean, how can anyone live their life this way? Giant storms coming from out of nowhere causing billions of dollars in damage and the loss of property and lives. Droughts that impact people in the Northwest, which again, cause billions in damage to property and more lives lost. Oh, and remember Hurricane Sandy? That caused $70B in destruction in the Northeast. And of course, who could forget Hurricane Katrina, which almost swamped all of New Orleans.

This is ridiculous! This unpredictability has got to stop. Ask the Californians and Australians how they feel about wildfires? I bet they’d be in favor of firing those in charge of the climate. I mean, this is absolutely insane.

Only a couple weeks ago, a melting glacier caused a massive flood in the Himalayans, taking with it at least 31 souls, with hundreds more missing, according to reports. Who the heck is in charge here?

Look, I’m now speaking directly to the leaders of the climate: get your act together now.

And now for the real commentary

In all seriousness, it’s time to stop pointing fingers when bad stuff happens as a result of weather that no one was expecting. We know that climate change is responsible for the acceleration of those ‘once-in-a-100-years’ events down to ‘once-every-10-years’ events, or worse. And we keep witnessing major catastrophe, after major catastrophe, after major catastrophe, all of which is causing pain.

People are in pain.

And it’s no one’s fault.

Just like COVID, we are in this mess as a global community, all of humanity, so we’ll all need to combat the immediate effects of it (sickness and death for COVID, storms and natural disasters for the climate), while also trying to implement a remedy. Unfortunately for climate change, the remedy isn’t as simple as a vaccine. If only…

So, let’s stop pointing fingers and instead, start the work of hardening our infrastructure so that more of us can survive these unpredictable, never-before-seen events and ALSO continue — maybe even accelerate — the work of preventing them from happening by embracing new clean energy, low-carbon technologies.

Now can someone please get me the number of the President of the Climate.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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