DOE Says Climate Change Threatens US Energy Infrastructure

By Keith Goldberg (July 11, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT) -- Rising temperatures and extreme weather caused by climate change will lead to more breakdowns of critical U.S. energy infrastructure, including power plants and the nation's electric grid, according to a U.S. Energy Department report released Thursday.

The DOE's report, which the agency says builds on the climate change action plan unveiled by President Barack Obama last month, noted that annual temperatures across the U.S. have increased by about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the last century and that 2012 was the warmest year on record in the lower 48 states.

Those changes could significantly impact many critical aspects of U.S. energy infrastructure,...

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