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Climate denial puts infrastructure at risk

Author Cathleen Kelly urges President Donald Trump and Congress to invest in actions and improvements that combat climate change, rather than continue to deny it.

May 15 to 19 is Infrastructure Week in the United States, and much about President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion plan to rebuild crumbling roads, bridges and water mains remains uncertain. But one thing is clear: It cannot succeed if it doesn’t account for a changing climate.

Trump and about 180 members of Congress deny the science behind climate change, but they can’t change the facts. Reams of scientific evidence link rising global temperatures to more extreme weather, including punishing storms, longer and more devastating droughts, and hotter heat waves. In 2016 alone, extreme weather caused nearly 300 deaths and $53.5 billion in economic damage across the United States—more than double the cost of similar events the year before.

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Cathleen Kelly

Senior Fellow