Hurricanes wreak the havoc of climate change – but is a green energy solution in sight? | Jonathan Watts

In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the market has finally bought into the business case for renewable energy. The price of change is getting cheaper

Like the debate over gun control, the public discussion in the US about whether to take action on the climate has often been characterised as a struggle between powerful lobbies and violent reality.

After each campus shooting or hurricane disaster, there is a brief uptick of concern followed by a gradual return to entrenched positions as the National Rifle Association or the oil industry reassert their influence, inevitably raising the question: just how bad do things have to get to reach a tipping point?

Related: Nuclear plans 'should be rethought after fall in offshore windfarm costs'

Related: Why do we see hurricanes like Harvey and Irma as otherworldly omens? | Philip Hoare

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