now looks like they're going to do it to themselves.
In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy
“non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil
plants for the last decade. In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s
electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent
coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that
everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15
percent to a starkly vulnerable 52 percent, just behind California.
There’s only one problem. New England doesn’t have the pipelines to bring in the gas. Nor
is anyone going to allowed to build it, either. Connecticut and
Massachusetts are only a short distance from eastern Pennsylvania, where
fracking for natural gas has leapfrogged the Keystone State into third
place for overall energy production. Yet a proposal by Sempra Energy of
Houston to expand its existing pipeline from Stony Point, New York, has
already met fierce resistance from people who want nothing more to do
with fossil fuels and construction is highly unlikely.
You might remember hearing that, during the nasty part of last winter, the grid in that region was right on the edge; turns out it was worse than 'on the edge', and with this idiocy...
And that’s just the beginning. New England is now limping along with
33,000 megawatts of electrical capacity, which barely meets its needs.
At one auction last winter, the New England Independent Systems
Operator, which manages the grid, came up 145 megawatts short — an
almost unheard of occurrence. Yet in the next two years the region will
be closing down 1/10th of its capacity in a bid to rid itself
of anything that does not win favor with environmentalists. First to go
will be the last of four coal plants at Salem Harbor, which can no
longer meet the EPA’s new regulatory requirements. Next Brayton Point,
the largest remaining coal plant, will be retired for the same reason.
Finally, a continual barrage of protests and legislative attacks has
persuaded Mississippi-based Entergy to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear
Station and “let the Yankees freeze in the dark,” as they used to say in
Texas and Louisiana. The reactor provided 75 percent of Vermont’s
electricity and 4 percent of the power for the region, carbon-free.
Friggin' amazing, isn't it? They're actively trying to destroy industry and get people killed in the name of 'green energy'. Apparently they weren't paying attention to what happened in Germany when they got rid of their nuke plants, and Scotland as well.
Or don't care; they may actually be that stupid.