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Hurricane Sandy

US Strategic Gasoline Reserve: Solution or Band-Aid?

June 2, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The recent announcement that the US Department of Energy would establish a strategic gasoline stockpile to serve the Northeast was at least partly a response to calls for such a reserve in the aftermath of the fuel distribution problems caused by “Superstorm” Sandy in 2012.[read more]

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

April 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Flooding and Climate Change


We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding.[read more]

New Jersey Must Consider Climate Change Risks in Recovery Programs

March 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

New Jersey and Climate Change

Extreme weather events in recent years have made states throughout the country rethink how investments in communities can make them more resilient to future storms and other types of natural disasters. There is no clearer example of this than in New York and New Jersey.[read more]

3 Ways Superstorm Sandy Could Change Utilities Forever

November 9, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

A year after Sandy, the utilities that suffered the most damage and the longest outages have been taken to task by politicians and regulators. The starkest example is Long Island Power Authority, which was stripped down, privatized and will now be run by PSE&G.[read more]

Sandy Anniversary a Reminder of the Need for Better Protections 

October 31, 2013 by Dan Huber

Building resilience to the impacts of major coastal storms like Sandy, and to other types of extreme weather, will require a commitment to better protect infrastructure and implement policies to help get people out of harm’s way.[read more]

Superstorm Sandy's Link To Climate Change: ‘The Case Has Strengthened’

October 30, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people and inflicted an estimated $65 billion in damages. Now a study by NOAA researchers finds that climate-change related increases in sea level have nearly doubled today’s annual probability of a Sandy-level flood recurrence as compared to 1950.[read more]

Building Up Natural Defenses Against the Next Hurricane

October 20, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Natural Hurricane Defenses

Last year around this time, the night Superstorm Sandy hit, I barely made it out of New York’s JFK Airport for a work trip to California -- on one of the last planes to leave before the airport shut down. It was a strange feeling, heading away from my home as the storm barreled in.[read more]

One Year After Sandy, the Need to Safeguard Energy Systems and Climate Remains

October 18, 2013 by Kit Kennedy

Hurricanes and Energy Infrastructure

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy brings back acute personal memories for me and my family, memories we will not soon forget. My elderly father-in-law was without power in Manhattan for almost a week. And to bring him food, we climbed up 26 flights in the dark.[read more]

Preparing for a Stormy Future: Obama's Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

August 24, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently, multiple Obama Administration agencies released their remarkably dense and useful report on the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, covering activities to-date and planned. 69 recommendations, and their status are detailed in its 200+ pages.[read more]

Electrical Grid Woes and the Rise of Edge-Power Players

March 20, 2013 by Steven Collier

Increasingly frequent and severe weather events have starkly illuminated weaknesses in the 20th century electric grid. But problems with the grid go beyond susceptibility to failure during severe weather events.[read more]

Insurance Industry Ill-Prepared for Climate Change Risks and Impacts

March 15, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

extreme weather events

US insurance companies are well aware of the rising costs of increasingly frequent and more intense extreme weather events. Yet most are ill-prepared.[read more]

Weathering The Coming Storms: Governor Cuomo's Climate Panel Offers Smart Plan For Adaptation And Mitigation

January 12, 2013 by Joseph Romm

New Yorkers are all too familiar with the devastation that followed, and the disruption that spread far beyond the water’s reach. As the immediate crises are resolved, our attention is now on the complex challenge of long-term resilience.[read more]

Timing and Framing: How To Address Nuclear and Climate Change

December 12, 2012 by Joseph Koblich

Technology is an amazing thing. As Hurricane Sandy approached the Northeast last month, I watched and read as friends in the area tweeted pictures and thoughts on the situation. I didn’t have to worry if they were okay, as many were able to post hourly status updates with items such as: “Still okay, still have power. Just wish we...[read more]

How CHP Stepped Up When the Power Went Out During Hurricane Sandy

December 7, 2012 by Anna Chittum

As noted in recent blog posts by Forbes contributor William Pentland and the New York Times’ Andrew Revkin, it’s instructive to look at where the lights stayed on during Hurricane Sandy to understand what makes certain places more resilient than others. While 8.5 million customers lost power during Sandy, a small number of facilities (...[read more]

Gas Prices During Natural Disasters

December 4, 2012 by Michael Giberson

One idea advanced by proponents of anti-price gouging laws is that after disaster strikes people should put aside their usual self-interests, join in with the community, and share in the burden of recovery. What these proponents often miss is that normal market adjustments will support a sharing in the burden of recovery, even among...[read more]