Our Climate as an Infrastructure Asset

Written by Rocky Mountain Institute

Our climate is getting plenty of attention, but we don’t often view it as infrastructure. We should. The global climate comprises an essential and massive part of the natural systems that form the foundation for our world and our society. Our economy is built on assumptions about climate stability. Our real estate industry, food systems, electric grid, and, by extension, our financial markets all rely on expectations around how it behaves.

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers issues an Infrastructure Report Card for the country. They gave us a D+ in 2017 (and the same score in

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By Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. We are an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus and chief scientist. RMI now has approximately 170 full-time staff, annual operations of $35 million, and a global reach and reputation. In 2014, Carbon War Room merged with and now operates as part of RMI.

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