Our Take: Prepare for New Normal of Extreme Weather

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Hurricane Ida slammed ashore last week as a massive Category 4 storm, again walloping the heart of Gulf Coast energy infrastructure. It arrived on the heels of February’s deadly freeze that paralyzed oil, gas and renewable energy systems in Texas and Hurricane Laura’s devastation of downstream hubs in east Texas and western Louisiana last year. Energy companies have proved resilient so far and they weather storms well. But current plans are not enough: Climate change means more intense, frequent and more disruptive severe weather. Not only must companies protect their businesses, but they also owe a duty of care when it comes to human lives and the environment. They fail to prepare for this extreme weather at their peril.

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