On September 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall along the southwest Florida coast causing severe wind damage and flooding. The loss of life and human suffering is of paramount importance and should be the primary concern, as well as enormous emotional losses. In addition, the storm will have a significant impact on the economy, which could rise if there is significant additional damage in South Carolina.
The recent extreme winter weather is unprecedented in Texas. Records were shattered, and the demands on the power grid were exceptional. When brutal conditions took down about 40% of generation capacity (wind turbines and conventional plants alike), disaster struck. Most people had to deal with power outages (sometimes for days in freezing temperatures) and millions had no water (again for an extended period).
Dr. Perryman describes the importance of the bill for funding the "Ike Dike" to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes.
Dr. Perryman describes how winter storm Uri affected the Texas economy and what we have learned in the last year.
Dr. Perryman describes the economic impacts that accompany such an extreme weather event.