Scientist Slams Con Ed Storm Plan

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Con Edison has submitted plans to state regulators to spend $1 billion reinforcing electrical infrastructure. But a noted scientist who studies the effects of climate change on infrastructure says the utility's proposals would leave New York exposed to future storms.

Columbia University’s Klaus Jacob says Con Ed's plan is "designing to Sandy," and completely ignores research suggesting sea levels will rise 7 to 12 inches by the 2050s.

Jacob wrote a report on Con Ed's plan at the request of the state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman.

In a statement to WNYC, Con Ed says it expects its storm-hardening program "to evolve for many years."

Click here to read Klaus Jacob's report.

Clarification: Klaus Jacob is a seismologist by training. An earlier version of this story identified him as a climate scientist. 


Julianne Welby


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