Opinion: Climate change disaster like Harvey needs smart response

Hurricane Harvey has affected millions of families, and its brutal devastation is beyond belief. The storm has also issued a gut punch to the nation’s oil refining capabilities, shuttering thirteen refineries. The country’s largest refinery has closed, and more than one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity was out of commission.

While climate change has hammered the fossil fuel industry, climate change also gains strength from industry efforts to deny its existence and continue business as usual. This vicious cycle impacts not just the oil and gas industry but the country overall.

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