Climate change could collide with coronavirus to create a summer from hell
With the mercury set to soar to unprecedented levels in 2020, climate experts fear that record-high temperatures will make lingering coronavirus restrictions far more challenging.
Johanna Bozuwa, co-manager of the Climate and Energy Program at the Democracy Collaborative, a think tank and research center, said “many are dealing with the realities of unemployment,” and some may find it hard to pay their rising electrical bills.
State governments across the country have instituted bans on utility companies shutting off service due to unpaid bills during the coronavirus pandemic.
But with 21 electricity shutoff bans expiring in June, two-thirds of states could be left without such temporary consumer protections, according to an analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.