Hurricane Sandy’s destruction lingers across New York, with downed trees, battered homes, and lost loved ones. One of my closest friends, who lives on the south shore of Long Island, had her home completely destroyed by flood waters during the storm. Now her family is staying with friends until they can rebuild the home they’ve lost.
Global warming is apparently now more real than ever, and a warmer planet makes storms like Hurricane Sandy much more common. In fact, because of global warming, powerful storms in New York now occur 64 percent more often and are 25 percent more severe than they were in 1948.
Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that we need to “reduce the energy consumption that contributes to climate change,” but he failed to say clearly that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to prevent further warming.
It’s time for Governor Cuomo to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce our emissions and ensure a safer future.
Environment New York