Joe is reading the meteorological tea leaves and sees the potential for another round of heavy snowfall and crippling cold temperatures coming our way. And he also notes that our net energy production, in the wake of new EPA carbon regulations, is actually declining from the previous curve at a time when bad weather puts full load demand on the system.
Joe Bastardi: … It’s flowing along right now into the
type of El Nino situation that is notorious for giving the United States
cold, snowy winters, especially in the eastern part of the United
States, relative to the averages. That would be significant because we
were within one power plant last year of having the grid overload …
In order to comply with the new Obama era EPA regs, American Electric
Power, which supplies a major portion of the electricity used on the
east coast, will be closing almost one quarter of their coal fired plants
between now and next June. This is because they were economically
unable to come into compliance with the new regulations in the
impossibly short window of opportunity offered by the EPA. This is going
to reduce the total surge capacity available for some of our most
densely populated areas just when we may get hit with weather related
demand spikes beyond anyone’s control.
I guarantee that when it happens, you'll have people like Sen. Schumer demanding that power be diverted from flyover country to save the Important People and Places like New York, and screw the hicks. You can guess how that'll go over.
The watermelons will blame the 'greedy utilities' and so forth, and Obama will probably tell us how this proves Globular Warmering as a threat to humanity, and we need more expensive electricity, and if you disagree why do you hate Mother Gaia and "I can't wait for Congress to act, I'm going to use my pen."
Makes you wonder if you need a winter trigger for the Garand...