100 Day Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy Marked with Call for Action on Global Warming

Environment Colorado

Denver, CO—As communities in the Northeast are still struggling to rebuild 100 days after Superstorm Sandy slammed the east coast, Environment Colorado urged state and federal officials to redouble their efforts to tackle global warming. Scientists have warned that global warming is helping to fuel the recent increase in extreme weather, and will make events like Superstorm Sandy and Colorado’s wildfires and record drought more severe and more frequent unless more is done to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

“100 days after Superstorm Sandy, we need to address the recent spike in extreme weather by redoubling our efforts to tackle global warming,” said Anneli Berube, Field Organizer with Environment Colorado. “Our hearts go out to the victims of Sandy, and to Coloradans affected by last year’s devastating wildfires. Let’s not wait for the next devastating event to put global warming solutions to work.”

A recent Associated Press article summed up the damage that Superstorm Sandy inflicted:

•        At least 146 lives lost in the United States
•        At least 3,500 New York and New Jersey families still displaced from their homes today, some of whom are living in tent shelters this winter
•        More than 650,000 housing units damaged or destroyed in New York and New Jersey

Strong scientific evidence suggests that certain types of extreme weather events, including wildfires, heat waves and drought, will likely become more frequent and/or more severe as a result of global warming.

Environment Colorado applauded President Obama’s inaugural address pledge that “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” The group urged the president to begin by rejecting the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and by setting carbon limits on power plants, the largest single source of the pollution fueling global warming. Berube also called on the president and state leaders to continue and expand support for clean energy solutions like wind and solar power and energy efficiency. 

“Over the next four years, we are counting on President Obama to tackle global warming with the urgency it requires,” concluded Berube.


Contact: Anneli Berube, o: (303)573-3871 ext.4, c: (802)922-2337, [email protected]